29 Sep '14, 5pm

Wall Street Journal to Germans: You're too good at conserving water...

Wall Street Journal to Germans: You're too good at conserving water...

Is there such a thing as overdoing conservation? Sometimes life is unfair. If we succeed in avoiding the worst of global warming by changing how we do things, such as by switching to clean energy sources and stopping deforestation, those who are against those measures will say: "See, nothing's happening, we did all this for nothing."This backward way of looking at things is at the center of a recent Wall Street Journal piece that more or less tries to convince the reader that Germans are pointlessly frugal and conserving water too effectively. The author looks for all kinds of ways that this zealous conservation ethic can be a bad thing (some sewer pipes are too large and aren't getting enough wastewater!), rather than look at how it's a good thing that should be nurtured and used as an example for the rest of the world. If there are problems, it's better to solve those pr...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/wall-stree...

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