A Wal-Mart long-haul truck has more intelligence in it than a typical water system

Michael Giberson At the Freakonomics blog, guest Charles Fishman explains “Why water will never be the next oil.” A sample: If you leave aside the somewhat silly world of bottled water, there has been almost no innovation in the industry of water for decades. A water facility today uses the exact same technology it did in 1973. In what … More A Wal-Mart long-haul truck has more intelligence in it than a typical water system

How can property rights in subsurface water work in West Texas?

Michael Giberson Texans who have drawn there water supplies from the vast but shrinking Ogallala Aquifer are engaged in a complex process of clarifying and/or renegotiating a more exact notion of just what rights they have to access the resource. A story in the Sunday Lubbock Avalanche-Journal provides an update. Some clever “enviropreneurs”, to invoke … More How can property rights in subsurface water work in West Texas?

Rob Harmon at TEDxRanier: How the market can keep streams flowing

Michael Giberson Rob Harmon gave a TEDx talk last fall in Seattle on a market mechanism that links willing buyers and willing sellers in a way that protects in-stream water flows and helps restore stream ecosystems. Harmon was formerly with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) in Portland, Oregon, where he was a developer of the … More Rob Harmon at TEDxRanier: How the market can keep streams flowing