"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Water Fireworks

Via Postnormal via Fleck, a blog about water in the Southeast. Check out the battles that site asserts are breaking out over water rights between Georgia and Alabama; I'm sure they're eagerly perusing the history of the western states back there. The only consensus between the two seems to be that endangered species don't much matter.

From Alabama Governor Riley's letter to Bush:
Georgia has repeatedly framed its request as a contest between people in the Atlanta area and endangered mussels in Florida. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality the action that Georgia seeks will have dire consequences on people and their livelihoods downstream in Alabama.

1 comment:

Dan'l said...

Good old boys with guns. States rights advocates. Let's see what happens when the wells run dry, so to speak. Which governor will be first to call out the national guard to protect his water rights, either vs the other state or vs the feds who insist on wetting the sturgeon population. Or will it be a vigilante action that happens first? Things could get interesting.