Wednesday, March 02, 2011

No price too high for saving the environment

Andrew Bolt today notes that a Victorian Labour government, rather than construct a proposed water-supply reservoir, converted the dam reservation into parkland and built a desalination plant instead. Based on the astronomically high cost of this desalinated water – "13.50 a kilolitre - compared to just $1 for our current supplies" – Bolt deems the desalination plant "The greatest green folly in Victoria’s history".

PP boy Jeremy Sear objects to Bolt's characterisation, arguing that both the Greens and environmentalists in general opposed construction of the desalination plant. True enough, but the Left was almost unanimously opposed to construction of the dam. Without the dam or a desalination plant where was the water to come from? Perhaps all Victorians should follow the Left's conservation lead by bathing and changing bong-water less often.

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2 Comments:

Blogger obakesan said...

Hi

its a good question (where would the water come from) but of course part of the problem is in increased population, part of the problem is in the fact that water is dealt with in a way similar to welfare and charging is not market driven.

Lets face it, if you pay $20/ kiloliter of high quality water its still way cheaper than anything you get on the supermarket shelf

If it was priced according to its worth perhaps people would stop washing their cars with it and such like?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

obakesan,
I don't know much about the water market, but I bet right now in Brisbane, people would pay you to take their water.

Now, if only there was a way to store water...oh wait...

3:22 PM  

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