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Old 12-27-2010, 02:18 PM
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Default Re: The Sweater Thread (Tim Noah & Jim Pinkerton)

As a So Cal resident, I actually wrote my congressman on this issue and had a letter printed in the local paper (it's now behind a paywall!)

But I think I remember the gist of it being that California wastes an enormous amount of water. We could provide vital irrigation to farmers and save precious natural resources by simply regulating water use. A balance always needs to be struck between industry and nature, and it seems in this case the farmers are being pitted against the environmentalists when we should all be making a sacrifice for the common good.

This gets into tragedy of the commons stuff and where I think things like cap and trade are goods ways to keep from externalizing cost.
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