The three paradoxes of water (and how to solve them)

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Jamie Workman, a PERC enviropreneur alum, has an excellent four-part series at IUCN on the paradoxes of water.

1. The paradox of value: "Water is priceless in use yet worthless in exchange."

2. The paradox of efficiency: "Your water-saving device increases our collective thirst."

3. The paradox of monopoly: "Thriving urban waterworks must encourage and reward waste."

4. Resolving the paradoxes: "Forget about virtue, enduring conservation must tap human vice."

For more from Workman, see this earlier post of his or read his book.

Shawn Regan is a research fellow and PERC and the director of outreach and publications. He holds a M.S. in Applied Economics from Montana State University and degrees in economics and environmental science from Berry College. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Quartz, High Country News, National Review, Reason, Regulation, Grist...
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