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[GreenYes] Re: Informed management [LCA]

At 08:02 AM 10/2/2006 -0500, Reindl, John wrote:
>I disagree that Life Cycle has to include a death and a grave and
>that it cannot work for landfills and incineration because of the
>on-going impacts. I have read studies that look at landfill impacts
>over a period of thousands of years.

I am not arguing that LCA cannot be used for anything in
particular. It is an interesting and useful tool. BUT, a LCA, like
"risk assessment," is made of assumptions piled on top of
assumptions, and can be manipulated when used in support of a
particular interest. It can be used to disempower a community by
helping to override local preferences or concerns. It can be used to
try to force the revisitation of "dead" issues over and over again....

Nobody should accept the conclusions of a LCA without looking at it
very very carefully.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address]On
>Behalf Of RicAnthony@no.address
>Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 11:21 AM
>To: stephan.pollard@no.address; greenyes@no.address
>Subject: [GreenYes] Informed management
>In a message dated 9/26/2006 2:17:21 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
>stephan.pollard@no.address writes:LCA is an analytical tool that
>examines the often complex environmental impact of a product,
>process, or service.
>Stephan and Green Yes
>Life cycle analysis (LCA) assumes a life, a death and a grave. A
>cradle to cradle analysis assumes a close circle economic system
>focused on sustainability. The analysis is about life and the
>survival of life on the planet. LCA's don't work because the
>environmental impacts of landfill and incineration (the grave
>option) is a perpetual problem to the environment.
>San Diego, California

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