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TOILET PAPER

There’s more nonsense to read here, but his quote is so perfect:

“No forest of any kind should be used to make toilet paper,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist and waste expert with the Natural Resource Defense Council.

There’s rigorous science. Of any kind? What about planting and maintaining new forests for the purpose of harvesting, thus producing on net more trees? Or managing existing forests that would otherwise be clear cut? And yes, he clearly said that to make a point and that’s the point. He’s supposed to be the scientific reference, not the ideological reference.

Other fun points include mentioning bleaches which have nothing to do with softness, but they get to lump it in because “soft” tissues are often also bleached. Wouldn’t want to suggest that there could be useful improvements that didn’t buy in to the whole bandwagon.

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One response

  1. I rarely listen to NPR but I happened to be doing so this morning, when they were discussing marijuana legalization. They were talking to a Judge Gray who apparently was spearheading the bill and a lobbyist who was opposed. Basically I was reminded that our country used to rely heavily on hemp for many products, including paper–according to NPR, hemp used to make up 30% of the American economy! And if we could go back to making paper out of hemp, we could skip the deforestation entirely, which would also settle down the global warming alarmists.

    But, as I’m finally beginning to understand, politics isn’t about being practical or making sense.

    (And, yes, there’s a world of difference between clearcutting old forests and either farming trees for paper or managing existing forests.)

    March 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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