In the growing push toward eliminating borders and border restrictions between the US, Mexico, and Canada, from superhighways to black helicopters landing illegal immigrants at construction hiring stations in the local Wal-Mart parking lot, comes a reality check:
Canadians are not only queasy about this idea, but they don't want to give us their water, reports The Eco-Libertarian:
“Water needs to be regarded as a fundamental human right and not as a commodity,” said international trade lawyer Steven Shrybman. “That is critically important. We need to strengthen sovereignty and negotiate an agreement with the United States that makes it very clear that we will determine when and where Canadian water resources will be used. And that agreement needs to trump any right of any claimant in a trade agreement to assert a claim on Canadian water.”
Dan Reevely, who publishes The Eco-Libertarian, disagrees with Shrybman's logic, but agrees with his conclusion:
Simply, anyone who wants to take water out of a river needs to pay by the litre, perhaps into funds run by each province. As diversion goes up, so does the price, probably quite sharply. Municipalities might get a break for their drinking-water systems, but they’d also have a reason to charge on a sliding scale to punish wastefulness. Consumers would have a direct incentive to use rain barrels for their gardens and “grey water” in their toilets.
Use the money to pay for efficiency measures, improved waste-treatment facilities so the stuff going back into the rivers is cleaner for downstream use, and research into technologies to, for instance, suck water vapour out of the air.
Above all, it wouldn’t make economic sense to ship water to Phoenix unless residents there were willing to pay through the nose. And if they did, the benefits would accrue not to a company that had managed to get a water-taking permit, but to the people who own the resource in common.
Read the whole post; it's a complicated issue, as most environmental issues are.
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