GreenYes Digest V98 #246

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GreenYes Digest Sat, 21 Nov 98 Volume 98 : Issue 246

Today's Topics:
Gasoline Externalities
Solid Waste in Undeveloped Countries
Time Corporate Welfare Series
Visiting Florida
Waste Management/Eastern Environmental Merger

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Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 13:43:29 -0600
From: "RecycleWorlds" <>
Subject: Gasoline Externalities

Estimate Puts True Cost of Gasoline At Between $5.60 and $15.14
Per Gallon. Daily Environment Report, November 18, 1998, pA-3.
A new report by the International Center for Technology
Assessment has found that gasoline costs the US economy between
$5.60 to $15.14 per gallon.
These costs are in the form of tailpipe emissions, industry
tax breaks, and military protection for oil supplies and other
types of "external costs" according to the report.
The group combined estimates of more than 40 externalities
and found that the US spends between $558.7 billion and $1.69
billion to support the production of gasoline, according to the
report entitled _The Real Price of Gasoline: Report No. 3, An
Analysis of the Hidden External Costs Consumers Pay to Fuel Their
Environmental, health and social costs are the hardest to
quantify, the report stated. These costs, however, appear to
represent "the largest portion of the externalized price
Americans pay for their gasoline reliance."
The report should be "a wake-up call" to drivers, said ICTA
Director Andrew Kimball. "The real price of gas has been hidden
from the consumer for far too long."
The report can be obtained by contacting the International
Center for Technology Assessment at (202)547-9359.
Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 11:19:08 -0600
From: "RecycleWorlds" <>
Subject: Solid Waste in Undeveloped Countries

Tattered community recycles Cairo rubbish
CAIRO (Reuters) - Every day before dawn, ragged men and boys set out on
creaking donkey carts to gather the mounds of rubbish that spill onto the
streets of Cairo. But the 700 or so carts are fighting a losing battle in a
fast-growing city that produces an estimated 8,000 tons of rubbish a day,
only 60% of which is collected. When their carts are piled high, the
rubbish collectors - Zabaleen in Arabic - head for home where their wives
and daughters sift out paper, glass, rags and other materials that can be
recycled. The Zabaleen say attitudes pose at least as serious a threat to
them as their unsanitary lifestyles and their perilous wanderings through
traffic. See full story

Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 22:32:53 -0500
From: "Bill Sheehan" <>
Subject: Time Corporate Welfare Series

[Forwarded from Stephen Suess]

If you noticed this weeks article on environmental welfare the authors define
the costs of an environmental clean up as another example of corporate
welfare. Seems to me that landfills fall under that then! They do talk about
how sometimes we do not know the future costs of our actions, but that it is
always the public that pays and thus this too is corporate welfare. (They
don't go to the next logical step which is the logical conclusion that we
ought to become much more conservative about what new things we allow
corporations to do or put into the environment....kind of like the FDA
carefully tests any new drug before feeding them to us.) Seems to me that
there are environmental costs to making all those coke bottles and then
disposing of them that we don't even know and thus this is corporate welfare.
To go on: To not have a bottle bill is corporate welfare, whereas having a
bottle bill is not!

You should call up these guys and use these arguments on them! Get them to
write an article about the $60 billion per year corporate welfare called waste

Stephen Suess


Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 08:15:13 -0500
Subject: Visiting Florida

At 08:08 PM 11/18/98 -0800, Myra Nissen wrote:
>I will be visiting southern Florida next week. Anyone know of any
>recycling facilities or materials exchanges over there that would be fun
>to visit?
>Myra Nissen
Suggest you inquire of Bill Hinkley, Florida Dept of Environmental
Protection, 850/488-0300


Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 11:52:06 -0600
From: "RecycleWorlds" <>
Subject: Waste Management/Eastern Environmental Merger

The 11/19/98 Wall Street Journal ("US, 3 States Seek to Block Waste
Merger") reports:

"The Justice Department, joined by officials from three states, asked a
federal court to block Waste Management from proceeding with its plan to
acquire rival Eastern Environmental Services...

"The Houston bvased waste-hbandling concern's planned purchase of the
Mount Laure, N.J. company would reduce the competition for a
multi-billion-dollar contract to dispoe of Ne York City's residential solid
waste, the Justice Deprtment contended.


"'We remain confident in our position on the disputed markets,' said
John E. Drury, Waste Management's chief executive officer, 'and ultimately
expect the merger to be consumated.'"


"Eastern suggested that the government's opposition isn't necessarily a
deal breaker. 'We feel comfortable we can sort throught the issues' with
the regulators, a company spokesman said."
Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011


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