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Are recessions good for the enviroment?

There’s a lively rivalry boiling over at Treehugger.com. Lloyd Alter posted a tongue-in-cheek riff on how the economic slowdown could help the environment. Think about it: from goods like iPods to services such as air travel, less spending means less consumption, less energy use, less trash generated, and so on. Bring it on!

Not so quick, retorts Michael Graham Richard in a counter-point. Thinking a little deeper, Richard points our four reasons that a recession will hurt the green effort. For example, cash-strapped corporations (and governments) are likely to cut funding on green programs. Ditto, too, for anxious consumers who are likely to forsake costly organic products if money is tight.