Reading Books Is Apparently Bad For Globull Warming

All you folks who read books, you are killing Gaia, and need to immediately buy an e-reader (until the alarmists determine that they are bad for Gaia). From TerraPass

Unfortunately, the business of publishing books, newspapers, and magazines has a large environmental impact. In addition to the tens of millions of trees harvested every year, paper manufacturing is responsible for 11 percent of all freshwater consumed by industrial nations, and is associated with an annual discharge of 153 billion gallons of wastewater. (snip)

According to a 2009 brief by the Cleantech Group, an average book has a carbon footprint of about 7.46 kg of CO2. By comparison, the average Kindle has a carbon footprint of approximately 168 kg of CO2 over its lifetime. This means that if you were to purchase a Kindle, you would “break even” on the greenhouse gas impacts once your use of the Kindle led you to avoid the purchase of 22.5 physical books; any ebook purchased beyond the first 22.5 books would be akin to preventing 7.46 kg of CO2 emissions, in addition to reducing the use of natural resources (e.g. water and wood fiber) that would have gone into a physical book.

You know what’s really amazing? Someone actually took the time to figure out the “carbon footprint” of a book. If that doesn’t tell you how obsessed these climate alarmists are, nothing else will.

But, you know what this means? It means that I, your humble pirate writer who thinks that anthropogenic global warming is a load of mule fritters, am quite a bit more “green” and better for Gaia than most of the Warmists. I have a Kindle. Had it since 2008. I read quite a few books, averaging one every week or two, and read almost exclusively on the Kindle at this point. Once you get used to using it, you almost do not want to read paper books. I gave Mom one for Christmas, and she is already hooked. I’ll actually hunt down a book I’ve read before and want to read again on the Internet, rather than reading my paper copy or going to the library. And, I save money over purchasing books at the bookstore. Plus, I find all sorts of cool books that one rarely, if ever, finds in the bookstore. And I help out small and unknown authors.

And, I will go to the library now and then, and “share the environmental impact”, as the Warmist writer says.

So, are all you Climate Realists more “environmentally friendly” than the Warmists? Hey, I wonder what the carbon footprint is of all the corporate made liberal protest signs and Che pamphlets?

Oh, and what are you reading now? I’ve gotten caught up with zombies and end of the world stuff lately.

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5 Responses to “Reading Books Is Apparently Bad For Globull Warming”

  1. Phineas says:

    So, since I’ve just started reading Bob Carter’s “Climate: the counter consensus,” an eeeevvviilll book that dares to be skeptical* about AGW, and since it’s a paper book (gasp!), does that make my doubleplus ungood to the Cult of Gaea?

    Good.

    *(To put it mildly)

  2. PatriotUSA says:

    Gotta steal this one, with link back to here of course.

    E-readers, nasty thing just like cell phones and all this other garbage that so many are burden themselves with anymore.

    I need to go buy more paper books!

  3. Feel free to steal, Patriot.

    The only time I actually buy a book is when it is something I really want to read and is not on Kindle, and I know I won’t get it quick at library.

  4. captainfish says:

    I guess I am tripleplus bad.
    I do audio books. bad enough that the person has to drive back and forth to the highly electric audio recording studio, but then all that plastic is produced for the CDs and packages. And, then…. it is transported TO me.

    mmmmm.. I love a good audio book. smells like bacon.

    I am mostly in to magic and scifi books. Right now, am reading (ha) Cinda Williams Chima – Seven Realms series. Reading book 2 right now – The Demon King.

    Next, will do John Ringo’s The Looking Glass series about alien invasion of earth using gateways.

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