With Every California Election A Forest Dies
Do you know how many of those deceptive little campaign leaflets the Frogette and I received? 68...in three weeks. I counted them. Add to that three, 200 page voter guides all mandated by the state, and you've got a massive amount of waste. "How much waste?" you ask. Well let's see. San Francisco has about 480,000 registered voters...
|San Francisco Voter Guides|
(7.2 lbs of paper / voter by 480,000 voters)
|= 3,456,000 lbs|
|California Voter Guides|
(7.2 lbs of paper / household by 160,000 households)
|= 1,152,000 lbs|
(3.3 lbs of paper / household by 160,000 households)
|= 528,000 lbs.|
|Total Pounds of Paper||= 5,136,000|
|Tons of Paper||= 2568|
(24 trees / ton of paper)
And that's just for the City of San Francisco! What about the whole state?! What about the fact that we do this EVERY SINGLE YEAR?!
We've got to be able to do better than this.
As long as some of the paper products are electronic ballot RECEIPTS, or they are paper ballots, I think we can find ways to manage forests efficiently as a renewable resource.
For that matter, why in hell don't we grow hemp for paper, among other things? Maybe because William Randolph Hearst was too tied in with timber interests and knew that hemp would provide competition... so a campaign of demonizing it might be in order?
Check this out:
Sure, it might all sound like a conspiracy theory, but I'd be willing to bet... wait... do I hear the sound of approaching helicopters? AIEEEEE!!!
Whatever... but it should be obvious that there are lots of better ways to educate voters and to make paper (among many other things) than to cut down huge amounts of trees.
Utah Websites? hahaha, none for local races, lucky if they publish an email. No real forums in the newspaper or local tv either. I'm surprised sirens & redlights didn't start flashing when I hit the pristine "dem" spot on the touchscreen.
In states that are more interested in their electorate, to save some paper, a little postcard could be sent to each address giving official website info for ea candidate & issue. And a return portion to mail back if you prefer to receive actual paper info.
ps, I'm so excited ... I got a "robocall" last night! Kind of like my first obscene ph call, it allowed me to do a loud raspberry & hang up! ~~ D.K.
Sname, hemp would be cool, but I'd prefer just less wasted resources of all kinds. One of our probems is that for every initiative there is a commentary section where people get to pay for pro and con arguments. That's what explodes our voter guides up to 200 pages.
D.K., you miss this? Oh please move back so you can puzzle the stuff out on my behalf! And about that Robocall...did you record it?!
I am so happy!
The tide is moving!
D.K., what's a "Blue Dog Democrat?" I've heard of Yellow Dog Democrats, but blue dog?
Gary, and Senator Mordor didn't just lose. He got his ass kicked! How cool is that?