Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rock Star: Screw the Confused Tree Huggers, Print Your Emails

Chuck Leavell, who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band during the height of their 1970s popularity and a ong-time touring member of the Rolling Stones, has penned an article for WSJ, along with Carlton Owen, where he writes:
Well-intentioned email taglines inspired by sincere desire to help the planet have become ubiquitous in recent times: "Please don't print this email," "Save trees: Print only when necessary," or "Please consider the environment before printing this email."

However, the World Wildlife Fund has taken this to the extreme with a new nonprintable electronic document. Patterned after the highly successful PDF (Portable Document Format) that has revolutionized electronic document sharing and storage, the WWF format takes the decision away from you.

This tact is sure to frustrate and increase inefficiency, leaving some saying, "Wait a minute, I really needed to print that document!" What many folks don't realize is that it also may indirectly hasten the conversion of forests to other uses like strip malls, parking lots and housing developments—because the nation's forest landowners can't keep growing trees without markets for this natural, organic and renewable product.

Chuck's email tagline reads: "Notice: It's OK to print this email. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of Americans. Working forests are good for the environment and provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage. Thanks to improved forest management, we have more trees in America today than we had 100 years ago."


  1. Well, like I needed an excuse to break out my old Allman Brothers stuff!!

  2. Who cares if it's just "American" jobs created.

    Also, private property rights, not forest management, specifically tree farming, did this.

    1. I think he was focusing for a particular audience. The terms are not mutually exclusive.