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  1. California instituted state wide regulations and a statewide consortium in regulating geothermal energy production.

    In geothermal, there is the same ‘tragedy of the commons’ in that producers could steal hot water from each other by just drilling holes in the ground and pumping the water out.

    In the case of geothermal, this unregulated pumping dramatically decreases the total yield of hot water from a field.

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