Sorry capitalism solved this problem in 2016 with cheap desalination. Israel government has been trying to become a water exporter since the sixties for geo political reasons and they finally cracked cheap desalination.
Its been a public-private partnership to keep researching this for decades, and Israel is now a major water exporter to the middle east.…
Just capitalism solving another scarcity constraint as soon as it became relevant. Nothing to see here. Business as usual, optimists right again, etc.
Capitalism is incredible at rolling out mature technologies. As soon as they have crossed the boundary into cheaper/better they become ubiquitous globally in a very small number of years.
De salination is cheaper than ground water extraction now in lots of places so expect desalination to become a significant fraction of global water use within a handful of years.

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Here he says that if a new development lures new rich people to the city it puts upwards pressure on all housing! This is the YIMBY argument! If you build more luxury housing and it increases the per capita stock it puts downwards pressure on all housing!
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See also the number of people who think that supply and demand do not apply to housing.
The number of criminologists who refuse to accept that almost all of the two massive crime waves in America were driven by lead poisoning. And probably also teen pregnancy rates.
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