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The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper.
ďIf the paper from every morning edition of the nationís largest newspaper were
collected and rendered into paper pulp that the newspaper could reuse, about 5
million trees would be saved each year. This kind of recycling is unnecessary,
however, since the newspaper maintains its own forests to ensure an uninterrupted
supply of paper.Ē
Discuss how well reasoned... etc.
This editorial begins with the impressive statistic that five-million trees could be saved every year if the morning edition of the nationís
largest newspaper were collected and rendered into pulp that the newspaper could reuse. But then the author goes on to conclude that
this kind of recycling is unnecessary because the newspaper maintains its own forests to ensure an uninterrupted supply of paper. This
argument is seriously flawed by two unwarranted assumptions.
The first assumption is that the only reason to recycle the newspaper is to ensure a continuous supply of paper. The author reasons
that since this need is currently met by the forests that the newspaper maintains, recycling is unnecessary. This reasoning is extremely
shortsighted. Not only does the author fail to see the ecological advantages of preserving the trees, he also fails to see the obvious
economic advantages of doing this. Moreover, using recycled paper is the best way to ensure a continuous paper supply because, unlike
the forest, paper is a reusable resource.
The second assumption is that only the newspaper would have an interest in the pulp processed from its recycled morning edition. This
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is probably not the case, however, given the enormous market for recycled paperófor books, packaging, other newspapers, and so on.
Moreover, there is no direct connection between the newspaper that is recycled and those companies that find uses for the products of
recycling. Accordingly, contrary to the authorís assumption, there may be a great interest, indeed a need, for pulp from recycling the
newspaper in question.
In conclusion, the authorís claim that recycling the newspaper is unnecessary is ill-founded. To strengthen the argument the author would
have to show that there are no other compelling reasons to recycle the newspaper besides the one cited in the editorial.