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For pity's sake I haven't read such drivel since the Club of Rome came out and announced the date the world would end. Have you any idead how incredibly inefficeint desalination (please note the spelling of the word!!!) is? Look, we have the perfect parallel with another resource that is fast running out and that is oil. The world only got serious about conservation when the Egyptians raised the price by 400% in 1973 and then by 400% in 1979. This is what needs to happen here. We should not be growing the two thirstiest crops rice and cotton on the driest continent on earth but if we do, the growers should be paying the full cost to encourage greater conservation. It ain't rocket science, it's basic math.

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