The Reign of Recycling - The New York Times: "He concludes that the social good would be optimized by subsidizing the recycling of some metals, and by imposing a $15 tax on each ton of trash that goes to the landfill. That tax would offset the environmental costs, chiefly the greenhouse impact, and allow each municipality to make a guilt-free choice based on local economics and its citizens’ wishes. The result, Dr. Kinnaman predicts, would be a lot less recycling than there is today.It isn't often I point out a RTWT in the NYeT but here it is. Of course it still assumes that saving 1/100th of a degree of temperature rise (which is likely wrong BTW but let's concede it for argument's sake) is worth trillions of dollars. Ugh.
Then why do so many public officials keep vowing to do more of it? Special-interest politics is one reason — pressure from green groups — but it’s also because recycling intuitively appeals to many voters: It makes people feel virtuous, especially affluent people who feel guilty about their enormous environmental footprint. It is less an ethical activity than a religious ritual, like the ones performed by Catholics to obtain indulgences for their sins."
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Posted by Bob at 10:13 AM