Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Paper or Plastic

We killed the Plastic Bag Reduction Act on Tuesday.

The bill would have taxed plastic bags at grocery stores and other large stores six cents each bag for the next three years and then banned the plastic bags altogether in 2012.

I know, don’t we have more important things to do? Well, yes, but Senator Veiga introduced the bill and under our Constitution, it had to have a hearing.

The background story is this: the idea was brought by a bunch of high school kids who have been brain washed about the importance of saving the environment from humans since grade school. So they decided to rid the earth of the scourge of plastic bags.

The problem is that the alternative of convenience, for those times when folks forget to bring their canvas bags is paper and paper actually fills up land fills three times faster than plastic bags, plus bringing the paper bags to the stores takes three times as many trucks!

Talk about unintended consequences.

1 comment:

  1. You may be happy (or dismayed) to know that this vote made most of the morning radio shows… in Iowa. Albeit during the 'stupid news' part of the programs. While the rest of the country is concerned with the inconsequential items such as budgets and spending, Colorado cares about plastic bags. For what it is worth, my wife and I reuse those bags once we get them home. If we were not able to get them from the grocery store, we would probably have to buy them. Good to see this was voted down. Keep up the good fight.