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[GreenYes] Refs. about virgin subsidies
Lori,

GRRN's "Welfare for Wasting" at www.grrn.org
NRC's "Level the Playing Field" at www.nrc-recycle.org

Gary Liss

At 10:04 AM 11/14/2002 -0800, Lori Stole wrote:
>Can anyone recommend some good references about the subsidies on virgin
>materials?
>
>- Lori
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-greenyes@grrn.org [mailto:owner-greenyes@grrn.org]On Behalf
>Of Philip Prete
>Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 5:18 AM
>To: TomT; GreenYes
>Subject: RE: [GreenYes] In 50 words or less, help me understand
>
>
>Actually, more important than economies of scale are the three simple words,
>"supply and demand."  The average consumer (meaning large consumer) does not
>demand enough of the product to drive manufacturers to reach economies of
>scale.
>
>Another two words that tip the scales in favor of the non-recycled paper are
>"virgin subsidies."  Prices for recycled paper would pull much closer to
>virgin fiber manufactured paper if the federal tax laws were re-written to
>remove the advantage given to timber harvest over secondary materials
>"harvest."
>
>Of course this applies to virgin feedstocks for plastics, metals and other
>extracted raw materials as well.
>
>    -Phil

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
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