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Samizdata quote of the day

If private companies sold people water, they would regard high levels of demand as a market opportunity. When the government runs water systems, high levels of demand mean shortages. It’s insane. Instead of finding good ways to meet demand with technology, we get price distortion, rationing, and glum pronouncements about the sins of mankind.

– Perry Metzger, reacting to this drivel.

8 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • John B

    We are shamed for eating and drinking, shamed for using energy, shamed for using water, shamed for consuming and enjoying ourselves, shamed for thinking impure thoughts, shamed for saying heresies against the orthodoxies of the new age clerisy.

    Back to Roman Catholicism at its height, before the Protestant Revolution.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Use less water, and by the way, don’t use single-use containers, wash (with water) the ones you have.

    The problem is the unfortunate combination of growing population […]

    That “growing population” problem again, trouble is, it isn’t being caused by birthrate.

    “If by 2050 we reduced per capita consumption to 100 litres a day, leakage by 50%, and did nothing else, it would provide enough water for an additional 20 million people without taking any more from the environment,”

    Just so you know, water leakage in the UK is over 3 billion litres a day (*), that’s approaching 50 litres per capita per day, a bit more than what he wants us to save on our own.

    I know, instead of importing 20 million people we can just fix the leaks, like we are already doing?

  • thefat tomato

    ANTI-STEM education change: reservoir and civil engineers shortage in England leads to water rationing .

  • -XC

    In my old home (Durham, NC) we had an overly successful ‘save water’ campaign. So successful that even with growth the Water Authority couldn’t cover their costs. So our water cost went up 40%.



  • djc

    “without taking any more from the environment”

    like when it goes down a drain it is lost in a black hole?

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    Private companies DO sell water! Evian, anyone?

  • Fraser Orr

    Where I live the electricity company sends me helpful tips on how to use less electricity, and guilts me into using less by comparing how much I use to how much my neighbors use.
    It just shows what a bizarro world government is, because only government sponsored monopolies like the electricity company actually encourage you to buy LESS of their product rather than more.

  • Mr Ecks

    The scummy state–ZaNu and BluLabour both–haven’t built any new reservoirs in 30 years despite millions of migrants being allowed in. Because the polipigs are eco-freaks who want metered water.

    More cash for them and their corporate socialist henchmen and more power over our lives.