The new article on the environmental paradox of biking, which says that the net environmental benefits are zero because bikers live longer and therefore consume more resources, is an example of the absolute worst scholarship. The real environmental insult is that trees are being used and coal burned to print such nonsense.

Humans are part of the environment — not separate from it — so anything that benefits human welfare is by definition an environmental improvement!

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For too long, environmentalists have created a dichotomy between humans and the environment, and hopefully, with this paper and its absurd conclusions, we can all finally lay it to rest. If not, then stop reducing stress or exercising or eating well because you might actually live longer. In fact, the best thing for the environment, according to this perverse school of thought, is for everyone to kill themselves!

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