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 at 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 a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Quartz, High Country News,...
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