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Is #China Confronting the Real Perpetrator of #WaterScarcity?

China is a huge country, we all know.  It also has, according to The Economist, priced water “far from market levels.”  The economist argues that a huge reason for China’s enormous water scarcity problem is the inefficient use of water, which is mostly due to below market level water prices:

By increasing supply, the government is failing to confront the real source of the problem: high demand for water and inefficient use of it. Chinese industry uses ten times more water per unit of production than the average in industrialised countries, according to a report by the World Bank in 2009. A big reason for this is that water in China is far too cheap. In May 2014 Beijing introduced a new system that makes tap water more expensive the more people use. But prices are still far from market levels. Officials turn a blind eye to widespread extraction of un-tariffed groundwater by city dwellers and farmers, despite plummeting groundwater levels.

Raising the price would cut demand and encourage more efficient use. It should also help lure industry away from water-scarce areas where prices would be set at higher rates. Arid areas that are forced by the government to pipe water into desiccated cities like Beijing could offset their losses by charging higher tariffs.

I don’t pretend to have the exact answer.  But I have to ask an economic question here.  Isn’t water about as inelastic a product as you can get?  Wouldn’t you pay whatever asked for water?  If so, raising or lowering the price wouldn’t have a big impact on its use.

In Inevitable, the solutions are not so easy.  People need water.  People will pay what it takes for water.  People will pay what it is necessary for other inelastic products that water produces: medicine, food, energy, etc.  Also, when panic sets in, there will be the “inevitable” race to the bottom in the form of hoarding.

So, what is the ultimate answer to water scarcity?  First, we need to acknowledge it.  Because the novel tells the story of what happens when the failure reaches a crisis.  And by that point, no amount of price control or de-regulation will portend a desired outcome.

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#Free #Kindle Giveaway of @InevitableBook

Inevitable will be free this weekend at the Kindle store.  I hope as many people as possible download this book for free!  Just click here to check out Inevitable:

Your world’s water supply is reaching its finite end. Aquifers are drying, and water is being divided between production of food, medicine, and agriculture. When America found itself on the brink of Malthusian catastrophe, population control was installed for the greatest good for the greatest possible number of people.

For Benjamin Zachary the country did only what was necessary. As any other twenty-one year old, Ben expects to receive his Fairness In Nature And Life Act (FINAL) letter from The Office of Population Management. But he grows suspicious and nervous when he fails to receive his letter within weeks after his birthday.

Ben soon learns that his fears are well-founded as he is being accused of a crime he did not commit for a second time – this time by The Office, itself. He is wanted for immediate trial by Panel Hearing. Ben struggles to face his own death, knowing that he has little chance of defeating The Office at its own game. He has no lawyer to represent him, no knowledge of the rules of the hearing process, and he finds that the Panel that is going to decide his fate is hand-picked by his adversary, Office Director Dante Ringer. His only hope is his friend, Patricia Mullins, whose cold acknowledgment of The Office’s necessity juxtaposed with her feelings for Ben, twist her into conflicting directions. As Ben and Patricia fight to overcome The Office’s powerful organization, they learn the only way out for Ben is at the expense of others.

Up against a nearly unlimited government agency created to deal with a dramatic environmental crisis, Ben and Patricia fight against the Inevitable.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L6J9UD2

Politico Reports: Water Drought Affects CA Food Supply

Politico’s front page story on its newspaper today reported on the effect the California drought is having on the food industry there:

Thanks to the historic drought in California, prices may spike for the specialty rice used in the popular Japanese dish. Production of the rice, which is grown primarily in the Golden State, is expected to drop by 25 percent this year.

California — and the Sacramento Valley in particular — is the nation’s primary source for the high-quality short- and medium-grain rice used in sushi and is a major supplier of the rice for other countries, too. But the state’s 2,500 rice growers this year planted just 420,000 acres, about a quarter fewer than usual, because farmers weren’t allowed to use water for more, according to the California Rice Commission.

A theme on these news stories is that at first glance you may chuckle.  But, look closer.  The water drought is affecting the price and availability of food for one of the largest economies in the world – the State of California.  Nothing funny about that.  Its time to start taking the water crisis seriously or the future will look a lot like Inevitable where food and water rationing are only a prerequisite to the imposition of term limits on life.

More Reviews of Inevitable

More positive reviews for Inevitable keep coming.  Pick up your copy at the Kindle store by clicking here or here for mobile site.

I could not put this story down. The premise is realistic and plausible. The characters are well drawn with good dynamics between them. The plot line has a good flow that is easy to read and follow. Lots of action and suspense. We make decisions that we feel are right at the time. But then later, there comes a time when things need to be changed. I received this from the author for an honest review. No compensation involved. Outstanding!!! Will recommend to any and all.

And another:

This was an intellectually amazing book. It makes you stop and think about real-world problems rather than the monopoly of dystopian challenges.

 

It was a very interesting read with an economic spin on it.

 

The author does a beautiful job of writing the story. You don’t know how many potentially great books I’ve read that were only dismal because of the writing or grammar. The characters and story was relatable, and that is not easy to do. Having relatable characters and a relatable story are probably on entirely different galaxies. Anyone can make a relatable character, but the feeling of connecting with the story itself is not something I come across often.

 

So, kudos to you, Mr. Nace. You’ve imposed the near impossible as approachable and given it a stability that others can relate to while also creating witty, fun characters.

 

Texas Dealing with Water Shortage

Wichita Falls, Texas looks to be going down the Inevitable path where water is no long as abundant as necessary.  In fact, the town is going to great lengths to preserve their dwindling water supply.

The city of Wichita Falls, Texas, may soon become the first in the country where half of the drinking water comes directly from wastewater.

Yes, that includes water from toilets.

Inevitable takes place after the country has failed in every attempt to preserve its water supply.  As one of the main characters laments:

There were so many efforts to avoid the hard decision that had to be made, but none of them worked. People tried to dam rivers to preserve water, then they undammed them. They tried to let the market raise the price of water, but it was a necessity that people would pay anything for. Then limits were placed on consumption of water per person, but there were always criminals able to get around that. Forced abortions were never politically popular enough, but it was in that discussion that people realized the intelligent answer to the problem.

That inevitable decision may be coming to Texas shortly.