09 April 2015

I'm doing an AMA on Reddit TODAY

I did AMAs (ask me anythings) about water in July and November last year.

The onslaught of news and interest in drought in California, shortage in Sao Paulo, rising sea levels in Florida, and other water-related issues prompts me to go in again.


If you're looking for more, check out these posts on California, politics and economics:
And... how messy laws and fierce lawyers block and complicate change
As usual, I recommend prices in cities and markets for farms as the means of reducing demand and allocating limited supply, respectively. California's dire situation may not leave enough time for those actions, so I described more interventionist actions here.

Bottom Line: I'm glad to see more economics in these discussions. Now we only need politicians who can understand and explain how economics can minimize losses from drought and prevent shortages. Here's a handy book that will get you (and them!) started.

* Ironically, I think that OTPR's suggestion may be useful in its "come to Jesus" imposition of $millions in losses on farmers who are basically playing chicken with the government (i.e., "we planted these trees and will lose huge if they do not get water EVERY year.") I think it's time to show that they are driving a Yugo into the freight train of reality.
H/Ts to BB, CD, GH, RM and RM


  1. Liked your podcast on Econtalk alot - but can't you do better than use a phrase like 'go full tard'? Dont think you would use a Jewish slur to signify cheapness or some other ethnic stereotype, why use people with developmental disabilities as a metaphor for something stupid and useless? Its very offensive to those of us with family members we love who have these conditions

    1. I'm using it in an alternative sense, like gay.

    2. So where have you used the word 'gay' in your writing to signify something was contemptible?

  2. Just follow these guidelines



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