Ragtag Cinema Columbia, MO


Dr. Laura McMann

Professor, University of Missouri

Tank Girl— Water scarcity: An increasing problem worldwide

As a character in Tank Girl says, “Water is life.” Water scarcity is an increasing problem worldwide. Solving this problem involves decreasing demand, increasing supply, or both. Several policies and technologies will be discussed.

Ragtag Cinema Columbia, MO

Film Synopsis

Riding a war tank, Tank Girl fights against the tyranny of a mega-corporation that dominates the remaining potable water supply of a post-apocalyptic Earth.

After a comet disrupts the rain cycle of Earth, the planet has become a desolate, barren desert by the year 2033. With resources scarce, Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell)—head of the powerful and evil Water & Power Corporation, the de facto government—has taken control of the water supply. Unwilling to cower under Kesslee's tyrannical rule, a pair of outlaws known as Tank Girl (Lori Petty) and Jet Girl (Naomi Watts) rise up, joining the mysterious rebel Rippers to destroy the corrupt system.

About the Speaker

Dr. Laura McMann, Professor at University of Missouri. McCann earned a PhD, Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Minnesota in 1997. Her research agenda addresses the general area of natural resource management and policy. More specifically, she analyzes and measures the transaction costs of agri-environmental policies. McCann also works in the area of adoption of best management practices relating to water quality in agricultural and urban settings. Current research applies insights from behavioral economics to adoption. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia in the fall of 2019, is the Editor of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research and specialized in Environmental economics Analysis of policy transaction costs, Adoption of best management practices, and Behavioral Economics and the Environment.