26 Feb 2010

Water Chat with Lin Crase

I enjoyed talking to Lin Crase about water economics and politics in Australia. I was amazed at the number of parallels between Australia and California (too many rights issued for too little water, infrastructure subsidies to farmers, environmental collapse, politicians who don't tackle the issues, etc.)

We also discussed how water problems (and solutions) differ from place to place.

I enjoyed Lin's candid views of what has happened, will happen and should happen in the water sector. He placed great emphasis on the failure of leadership by politicians and water industry people -- or perhaps that's intentional?

Listen in to our 41 min chat [14MB mp3]

Bottom Line: Australia's governance problems are VERY similar to those in the western US. We should learn from their mistakes and be braver in reaching solutions.