We won’t expect the Huntington Beach City Council liberals OR any Democrat State Legislator (or the Moonbeam for that matter) to actually sit down and read something sensible, truthful and well-researched, so all we can do is promote the information and hope their staffs might do the right thing and at least drop a copy in their In Basket.
The well-respected Reason Foundation just published this “assessment of the environmental and economic effects of grocery bag bans and taxes” on their website:
This study investigates all these claims using the best data available and finds:
- The bans, fees and taxes on shopping bags have a minuscule impact on litter.
- There is no evidence of a reduction in municipal litter or waste collection costs as a result of the introduction of bans, fees and taxes on shopping bags.
- Other environmental impacts are not significantly reduced and some, including greenhouse gas emissions, may increase as a result especially of restrictions on the use of plastic (HDPE) shopping bags.
- There is likely an adverse health effect from people failing to wash bacteria-ridden reusable bags, the use of which may increase as a result of restrictions on the distribution of other bag types.
- Reusable bags are less convenient and, when taking into account the time and resources required to remove bacteria from bags, are very costly for consumers.
- The costs of plastic bag bans fall disproportionately on the poor.
Here’s a link to their 73-page report: http://reason.org/files/how_green_bag_ban.pdf. Reason was also one of the first non-partisan think tanks to study the Moonbeam’s High-Speed Rail Boondoggle and found it would not conform to the legal stipulations of Proposition 1A, and would cost many times what Brown and his cronies were promising. Their research and findings on HSR have been proven many times over.
We’d also challenge John Earl at the Surf City Voice, a liberal who’s written about politics in the HB area for years, to review Reason’s report and tell us all what a sham it must be — or perhaps present to all of us a contrary study with findings of the same high quality.
And here’s a link to an organization which doesn’t have its head in the Huntington Beach sand: Bag the Ban.
Here are our previous posts on Hunanny Beach, the council liberals and the bag ban: http://ocpoliticsblog.com/tag/plastic-bag-bans/.