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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Think of newsprint tariffs as reducing CO2

Agence France Presse pointed out that tariffs on newsprint imported from Canada may adversely affect U.S. newspapers.

But wait a second, wouldn't that be a good thing for the environment?

For decades, most newspapers have blindly accepted calls to save old growth forests, and to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, which is now just under 00.04 percent of our atmosphere.

Paperless newspapers would protect old growth forests while keeping alive trees that absorb CO2 from the air.

Win, win, as they say.

In that way, think of the newsprint tariff as a carbon tax.

Plus, as a bonus, this would reduce the use of toxic ink, which would also help protect the environment.

Also, this would spare our landfills as there would be no newspaper to throw away.

Finally, less oil would be used as this would eliminate newspaper trucks from the road.

Think globally, act locally as they say.

But AFP did not go into the environmental aspect making newsprint more expensive and closer to the societal cost of newspapers.

Instead, the news organization gave the newspaper side only. Well, its customers are news organizations.

"Andrew Johnson, publisher of three Wisconsin weeklies and president of the National Newspaper Association of 2,300 local community newspapers, said the tariffs are imperiling many news organizations," AFP reported.

"'I lost some subscribers over the years. I cannot pass along another increase now without damaging my business,' Johnson told a July 17 hearing of the US International Trade Commission, the quasi-judicial agency reviewing the tariffs.

"Johnson said many newspapers 'are freezing all hiring and trying to cut pages or page sizes,' and that if the tariffs remain in place, some may have to shut down or sell."

Every newspaper I know has a web site. Why not go fully online and rake in the big bucks?

Many of these newspapers opposed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Commerce Department's tariff on imported newsprint means newspapers that still print newspapers will get to pay higher taxes.

They will protect the environments or if they choose to pay the tariff, fill the federal coffers with money.

Where's the beef?


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  1. Caring about trees with other people's money is easy. This gives them an opportunity to do it with their own. Bye bye.

  2. A number of states have imposed taxes and other regulations on the use of newsprint in order to encourage recycling. This was mentioned in a NYT article from 1991 but the article has been buried so deep you can't find it with Google. My Google searches were all dominated by anti-Trump rants against the tariffs he's imposed on Canadian newsprint, so I was unable to get an update to see whether any states, or how many, continue to tax newsprint.

  3. Joyce Kilmer is smiling somewhere.

  4. All my newsprint is in pixels, delivered electronically.

    It's a good thing I don't have a parrot; don't know what I'd line his cage with!

  5. Maybe President Dennison will offer $12 billion in subsidies to the newspaper industry like the farmers.

    1. Maybe Anonymous Troll will boycott the farmers and not buy or eat any of the food they produce.

      Of course, he'll then starve to death. So it sounds like a win-win situation all around.

  6. Okay, that does it. I'm off the Wendy's for lunch.

  7. Now if they could just find a way to recycle all of the junk that goes into the bit bucket behind my computer. That would be great! - Elric

  8. I am failing to see how there is anything other than WIN in this situation.

  9. Big D, you’re my newspaper. You and Matty D and sometimes Glenn. My 84 year old mom in law still subscribes to the Martinsburg Journal, mostly for the puzzles. To each his own.

  10. Newspapers have spent years advocating for more and more tax sucking government.
    Seems a tad hypocritical to whine about a tax just because it impacts them.

  11. I subscribe to our local twice-weekly. For some reason, my subscription to the dead-tree edition doesn't allow me to access the on-line edition.
    They also just cancelled printing the weekly tv listings 'cause they say they have a 30 percent increase on newsprint from Canada. No tv listings is no problem for me.