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[GreenYes] Re: with $400 million, I think we could get darn close to ZW!

At 11:38 AM 6/30/2006 -0500, Reindl, John wrote:
>Hi Alan ~
>Yes, I would say that, for example, transporting glass 1,000 miles
>for glass-to-glass recycling may result in the use of more energy
>and the emission of more pollutants to the atmosphere than
>alternative methods of handling that material.
>I recommend that we do analyses of what the environmental impacts
>are of our decisions. I also recommend using an environmental
>valuation process to help us combine the range of impacts (a pound
>of arsenic or mercury to the air has a larger impact than a ton of
>carbon dioxide; environmental valuation can help show the different
>sizes of these impacts).
>Europe has used these methodologies to set green taxes. I suggest
>that we also explore this approach.

I agree that there is something to be said for this. But I see
problems also: (1) Demands for this sort of analysis could be used
to obstruct the development of "zero waste" programs by calling for
all sorts of complex evaluations, and (2) this sort of assessment
usually involves assumptions piled on top of assumptions. The
results often seems more sensitive to the assumptions than to the
basic data itself.

I am influenced by the mischief that has been done by industry-driven
"risk assessment" in environmental decision-making.


Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
fax (302)836-3005

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