A water economist's hot links

  Editor's note: This link roundup comes from David Zetland, a water economist at the University of California, Berkeley. We will be cross-posting occasional posts and content from his blog, Aguanomics, here on the Range.

David Zetland Speed Blogging for Tuesday, July 27, 2010


  • Food and Water Watch has a guide to understanding your utility's water quality report. It may be useful, but you will have to wade through their human rights and government-knows-best propaganda.

  • Many English speakers cannot understand the passive tense. That may explain why academics and bureaucrats like to use it (to sound smart), but it also explains why people have a hard time understanding them. That's a problem if citizens cannot understand laws or their rights.

  • Some interesting thoughts on subsidies vs user pays.

  • Pro-citizen groups have put together a tool to help people understand how to draw their own borders for congressional districts. This is a great way of seeing how far politically-biased boundaries drift from boundaries that are objective or that serve OTHER partisan interests.

  • The extra stuff in beer that they (Bud, Miller) don't tell you about.

  • Details on why clean coal isn't.

Hattips to RT and JWT

Originally posted at Aguanomics.