Groundwater Use in the Middle East and Its Environmental Consequences

J.A. Tony Allan

King's College London & SOAS University of London, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG, UK

Renewable groundwater is a fatally attractive source of water, especially in political economies that have not yet devoted substantial political energy to developing norms and laws to establish ownership, or to regulating water use to achieve efficiency and environmental consideration.

Farm lobbies are the oldest of all lobbies. They are incredibly strong in a young economy such as that of the USA. They are even stronger in societies that have been coping with periodic 'lean years' for four or more millennia.

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