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Save The Planet not recycling:

...recycling is no way to reduce global warming. In fact, by increasing energy use, it worsens it.

[Update mid morning]

Someone asked in comments in this post if I made up the phrase "Green Man's Burden," and if it was the first usage. Well, it turns out that I wasn't first (though I did come up with it independently). Here's an instance of it at the Competitive Enterprise Institute back in 2000. And here's an instance on Usenet from 1991. Great minds think alike, I guess.

Posted by Rand Simberg at June 18, 2007 06:17 AM
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..recycling is no way to reduce global warming. In fact, by increasing energy use, it worsens it.

Religion has its price.

Posted by Jonathan at June 18, 2007 08:57 AM

You are deliberately conflating two unrelated issues there.

A lot of recycling is also a waste of time. Paper has always been recycled inside the paper industry becuase it makes good business sense. No point in making plain paper out of recycled newsprint because cleaning out the old dyes etc... is too expensive. It has pretty much always been used for cardboard.

There are some reasonably reasons for recycling metals and plastics where practical though.

Moving to a nuclear/hydrogen economy would solve the fossil fuel problem too - or at least leave it for useful purposes like aircraft fuel and plastics. Of course, a lot of greens don't like that either.

All of that said, conservation isn't automatically a bad thing.

Posted by Daveon at June 18, 2007 09:59 AM

Kermit was right, it's not easy being green.

Posted by MarkD at June 18, 2007 05:33 PM

Hi, there!..

Posted by John at November 18, 2007 03:29 PM

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