Which is More Green: The Hand Dryer or a Paper Towel?

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Ever walk into a bathroom where you’re confronted with these two choices?

I reach for the automatic hand dryer, but then I wind up having second thoughts. Is it really more green than using (possibly recycled) paper towels? Which do you use?

I instantly go for the hand dryer, (I’ve even gone so far as to mention, out loud, to perfect strangers that “I mine as well save a tree”) but then I end up having second thoughts. Those hand dryers are uber powerful–a lot more than say, a typical hair dryer.

Which do you think is more green?