Asking for Conservation

Have you ever heard of government authorities making public statements around Valentine's Day to please conserve on roses since we are entering our peak demand season for them and rolling shortages could ensue?  No?  Never?  Well, the demand spike for roses on Valentines is much more dramatic than the demand spike for power on a hot summer day.  So why no urgent government messages for conservation of the former but constant ones for the latter?

Because the rose market is not heavily regulated.  Producers are free to manage their capacity without government interference, and, perhaps more importantly, producers are free to charge peak pricing in high demand periods.  In fact, prices for roses on Valentines go for a multiple of everyday pricing that a similar differential in a peak supply period at, say, a gas station would likely get the proprietor arrested for price gouging.  But we recognize that its tough to manage a business to supply all its capacity in one day of the year, and accept the higher pricing.  Why is it we can't accept the same facts of life in electrical generation, where capacity is orders of magnitude more expensive to manage than rose growing?

More from Llewellyn Rockwell at the Mises Blog and Lynn Kiesling at the Knowledge Problem

  • Todd K. Moyer

    okay, being libertarian in leaning, I'm with you. However, the first response you're likely to get if you start spewing this sort of argument to friends and relatives is that roses are not a 'necessity', while gasoline is. It's 'not fair' to have to pay very high prices for a 'necessity'. Therefore, it's justified to regulate the gasoline market, more than the rose market. My response, I feel, is kind of weak: we're better off without regulation, even if you don't necessarily like the result. The fully regulated (price controls) alternative is considerably worse.

    But how would you argue the point about roses not being a necessity? Just curious if you've found a good response.

  • Jamie

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