I read the article, and the tree huggers have it all wrong.
IN the first place the numbers of trees they are talking about saving if we switched to recycled products is a drop in the bucket compared to the number of trees in the northern tier of the US and Canada.
Secondly; the type of trees harvested for paper making are fast growing varieties such as aspen and birch. They do not use hardwood species for making pulp for paper.
Thirdly, the trees harvested are grown, harvested and regrown time after time, just like corn crops. They dont cut down forest of valuable timber to make paper.
And finally, there is an entire segment of our population that works in the timber industry, and who depend on their livelyhood in the forest products industry. If we stop using trees for puplwood many additional people will end up on the unemployment lines.
This argument about recycled paper products is much to do about nothing. The greenies like to make a mountain out of a mole hill.
They would be better off focusing on issues like the federal government loaning half a billion dollars to company that Al Gore has a financial interest in that is going to make electric sports cars that cost 100K. Now isn't that a great use of our tax dolars.