Whenever ‘the poor’ and ‘minorities’ are invoked in the same headline, it’s good to set your skepticism filter extra low or you will likely never get through the first paragraph of an article (umm, including this one) because the issue is rarely science or even policy, it is instead advocacy.
Oddly, when it comes to a really bad cap-and-trade idea, like for emissions, environmentalists claim it will help the poor and minorities. Their lungs are more sensitive or something, no one can figure the science of environmentalists out. Yet today activists are claiming doing the exact same thing for water will hurt poor people. What gives?
At some point in the near(ish) future, I have some articles in Wired coming out, projecting two Next Big Things for 2013, and one of my pieces deals with cap and trade for water. Why, when it comes to water would the same environmentalists insist a cap and trade method is a bad idea and invoke the exact same method to lobby against it that they use to lobby for it regarding CO2? Because if no one in agriculture is miserable, activists are.