Steven Landsburg

Paper companies have every incentive to replenish the forests they own, and these forests are in no danger of disappearing. Concerned environmentalists advocate recycling paper so that fewer trees are harvested. Ironically, the companies respond to the reduced demand for trees by maintaining smaller forests. A world where paper is recycled is a world with fewer trees.
—  Steven E. Landsburg, The Armchair Economist
This suggests that environmentalists - at least the ones I have met - have no interest in maintaining the tree population. If they did, they would seriously inquire into the long-term effects of recycling. I suspect that they don’t want to do that because their real concern is with the ritual of recycling itself, not with its consequences. The underlying need to sacrifice, and to compel others to sacrifice, is a fundamentally religious impulse.
—  Steven E. Landsburg, The Armchair Economist