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[RC] Conserving paper - David LeBlanc

Angie said:

"Fully 87% of our paper stock comes from trees which are grown as a crop
specifically for the purpose of paper production. Acting to 'conserve
trees' through paper recycling is like acting to 'conserve corn' by
cutting back on corn consumption"  

Jerry Taylor, The Cato Institute

Well, sort of, but it isn't just the trees. There's the fact that most of
the paper seems to last forever in a landfill, it takes a bunch of water to
produce paper, and if we were content to use brown paper, this isn't so bad,
but we seem to like to be able to read stuff, and want to use bleached

What a paper plant emits into the air and water is not so nice, though we do
a better job of cleaning this up than in the past. Ink is quite another
story, and it can be full of a number of fairly awful things.

I think we're doing more to conserve landfill space by recycling paper than
anything else. Being wasteful with resources is pretty much what got us into
the $130/barrel of oil boat. We ought to try to be careful. Throwing an
electronic form into the bit bucket is heck of a lot cheaper than tossing
something into the trash.


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