15 November 2011

Speed blogging

  • Hear this, footprinters? "The public found it very difficult to make sense of labelled [carbon] emissions values without additional information. There was also little evidence of a willingness to use labels for product selection."

  • I've got a bit part in this story: "Can Milwaukee become the Silicon Valley of water?"

  • I'm interviewed on TEoA (human rights, water trading) for my university's magazine.

  • "Why did water utilities in the U.S. become mostly publicly owned?" Mostly because municipalities wanted faster (not profitable?) investment. Good discussion but empirical results are not TOO strong. Read the paper [PDF]

  • This is the GOOD news: "Ensuring continued food and energy production at current levels represents a daunting challenge. It is unlikely, moreover, that anything resembling a business-as-usual scenario will allow us to meet the significantly higher food and energy demands currently forecasted for 2050." For the bad news, read more here.

1 comment:

DW said...

In San Diego County, most of the agencies were created when developers wanted to build new housing outside the urban core of the city, and the city water utilities department and the city wouldn't approve water service to the proposed subdivisions. When the big money developer couldn't get one water agency to approve their outlying projects they put up the money to hold an election to create a new water agency that would give them what they wanted. The same thing is true for all the smaller cities in the county like La Mesa, El Cajon, Chula Vista, etc. When the city wouldn't give the developers the upzones they wanted, they just went out an incorporated new cities that would. Some of the original city councils of the outlying cities were all employed by the developers they were upzoning land for.

Further... By setting up friendlier public water agencies, the developers got public taxpayers to fund the extension of water supplies to their outlying properties too. Whether it was new roads and freeways or water system extensions, they always found ways to get taxpayers to subsidize their projects.