Rationing Is an Underused Tool

Local news on NPR this morning mentioned that draught conditions have eased and the State Water rationing restrictions are off, but the long term problem is not solved. My first thought was ‘conservation measures we’ve had are fine, leave restrictions in place’.

My second thought was why isn’t energy handled in the same ‘matter of fact’ way, when it’s reported? For example, there’s plenty of talk about the price of gas, economic impacts and deferred or interrupted travel. There’s not much talk about rationing, even though that would bring down the price immediately. The interests not served by rationing are businesses that produce gas and those that rely on it.

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Married, 2 children, retired, enjoying unstructured time: "And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass." ~ Emily Dickinson
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