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Menlo Briefs: Public comment sought on plastic bag ban report

Original post made on Jul 10, 2012

Those plastic bags at the local grocery store are a step closer to extinction. Menlo Park and 24 other Peninsula cities may restrict the use of single-use carryout bags, and San Mateo County has released a draft environmental impact report to explore the effects.

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Posted by Tigerlily
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

Let's see now: we're being told we have to ban plastic bags to "save the planet." If the planet's salvation depended on banning plastic bags, it's life must be hanging by a thread. Seems there's a sucker born every minute, who can't spot an obvious scam. Banning plastic bags, besides being a brain-dead idea and a grand nuisance, will not even substantially decrease the number of bags we use, it will only decrease the money in our wallets by forcing us to PAY for the bags that have long been considered part of customer service. As such, this will mean piles of money for retailers, and also for companies that make plastic bags and "reusable" bags, as people will have to keep buying them. Furthermore, plastic bags keep produce fresh the longest, which means fewer trips to the grocery store to buy more produce—and fewer bags. Besides which most people DO reuse their plastic bags for a variety of purposes. Ask dog owners.

Just like the Cap and Trade plan, another, more dramatically ambitious "world-saving" scam, the plastic bag ban/fee actually accomplishes only one thing: laying another tax on "we, the people." The number of bags used will not change, but our bank balances will go down, as will our quality of life, as the eco-bullies and the billionaires who fund them find more and more ways to control our every action, and to profit in the process. Ask Al Gore.