Assemblyman Travis Allen has effectively used a Sunday piece in the Register (here, from our Docs library, side notes here) to speak to Huntington Beach’s proposed plastic bag ban with actual SCIENCE.
From Brian Joseph’s article:
…unlike other critics who have argued that the bans are simply unnecessary, “nanny-state” laws,
Allen says they are far more insidious, hindering water-conservation efforts and exposing Californians to dangerous bacterial, food-borne illnesses. “It seems that there are a lot of well-intentioned politicians that are paying more attention to sound bites than sound science,” said Allen, who describes himself as a lifelong surfer and a conservationist. “To make reusable bags safe from bacteria they need to be washed. You take a typical front-loading washing machine, you’re going to use 27 to 40 gallons of water,” and California needs to spare all the water it can.