NATURAL RESOURCES; Sharing Plenty
Purchase of a local water utility by the city-owned utility system JEA, a proposal currently pending, is a mixed blessing.
As it happens, JEA currently is a well-run public agency and the customers of the water system probably will be better off in the long run.
But there is a place for private ownership of water systems, as the Economist argues persuasively in its current edition.
This is a huge public policy issue throughout the world, full of quirks, oddities and misunderstanding.
One of the quirks: In the capitalist United States, most water systems are publicly owned. In socialist France, they are privately owned.
Private ownership …
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Publication information: Article title: NATURAL RESOURCES; Sharing Plenty. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Florida Times Union. Publication date: July 27, 2003. Page number: Not available. © 2007 The Florida Times-Union. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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