“Gesture Politics Can Be Environmentally Unfriendly”

Dr. Madsen Pirie has a nicely to-the-point post about recycling on the Adam Smith Institute blog. An excerpt:

Some people seem to suppose that by recycling paper they are saving trees, but the opposite is often true. Paper is mostly made from trees planted for the purpose, and it is young trees that soak up most of the carbon dioxide. If those trees are not planted, that carbon is not soaked up. Nor is it if they are not harvested and replaced. Recycling paper may make people feel good, but gesture politics can be environmentally unfriendly…

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