Peter L. Nelson, P.E., joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss a novel approach to water and water rights. Peter teamed up with Professor Walter Block to write Water Capitalism: The Case for Privatizing Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and Aquifers. Peter and I spent nearly 40 minutes discussing privatization, and we barely scratched the surface of the subject! Take a listen to hear a listener-requested topic from a subject-matter expert (Also - if you have questions for the second phase of this interview with Professor Block and Peter, please email me or submit them via the Contact Dave function).
This episode also features our regular Bluefield on Tap segment where Reese Tisdale of Bluefield Research joins us to discuss the implications on industrial water users and water utilities of the announced withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- Why Peter believes privatizing water resources is the most efficient approach to water use
- The basis of Peter’s water rights paradigm
- How Peter would approach privatizing water rights
- The anticipated difficulties in privatizing water rights
- State-level issues when looking at privatizing water rights
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Peter’s liberty.me blog
- Amazon page for Water Capitalism
- TWV 070: Prior Appropriation and How It Shaped the West with Hon. Greg Hobbs, Jr. (Ret.)
- TWV 055: Behind the Headgates of Colorado’s Water Plan with CWCB Director James Eklund
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