Here's a poll in keeping with the season. Some points to consider before making your selection: Live trees (grown specifically to serve the role) require inputs including land, water, fertilizer, and pesticide. Is it then wasteful to allocate resources to producing a consumable with a very short lifespan? Fossil fuels are consumed to produce artificial trees along with a certain amount of pollution as a by-product. The trees are non-biodegradable but have the advantage of reuse. The poll assumes one has decided to have a tree since not having one is the most environmental choice of all. On the lighter side, here is an alternative to a Christmas tree: A Festivus Pole for the rest of us. Festivus poles in the news.