In a recent New York Times opinion piece, John Tierney revisited a topic he investigated at length for the paper’s Sunday magazine in 1996. His conclusion? Recycling is still largely an upside-down proposition:
In New York City, the net cost of recycling a ton of trash is now $300 more than it would cost to bury the trash instead. That adds up to millions of extra dollars per year — about half the budget of the parks department — that New Yorkers are spending for the privilege of recycling. That money could buy far more valuable benefits, including more significant reductions in greenhouse emissions.
These kinds of insights will also soon be available to readers of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s City Journal. Per an announcement this morning, Tierney (pictured) is the urban policy watchdog’s newest contributing editor:
“I’m thrilled,” said Tierney. “I’ve admired City Journal’s style and smarts ever since I started covering New York during the city’s bad old days. It’s the ultimate in urbanity – the magazine whose ideas have revived cities around the world.”
Added City Journal senior edtor Brian Anderson: “It’s a privilege for me to welcome John. He’s a terrific journalist with deep knowledge about an array of policy issues and a unique understanding of how science and politics intersect.”
Tierney will cover the intersection of science and policy as as city politics, writing for both the City Journal magazine and website. His first online piece is set to appear in early 2016 and his initial long-form print piece is tentatively scheduled for the spring 2016 issue. In addition to the Times, Tierney has worked at the Bergen Record, Washington Star, Science 81-85 magazine and served as a contributing editor for Discover and Health magazines.
Tierney will continue to write his “Findings” science column for The New York Times as well as contribute to PJ Media’s Instapundit. He is also working on another book with social psychologist Roy Baumeister, his collaborator on Willpower.