Of course, people should not listen to the stormy petrils, because their ideology--the dogma of those who worship at the altar of environmentalism--is almost completely unrelated to the facts.
The myth that the stormy petrils propagate about those plastic bags keeps cropping up periodically, even though an increasing number of studies has already debunked their dogma as the stuff of fanciful imagination. The latest study conducted by the Reason Foundation indicates what's been known for quite a while: Those bans to keep plastic bags out of stores located in 150+ municipalities across the United States (some even tax their use) have done very little to reduce the waste disposal costs or to benefit the environment in the nation's urban locales.
This new study offers some additional facts worth considering:
- Those plastic bags account for only 0.6% of all litter.
- They are entirely recyclable.
- Producing paper and reusable bags requires more energy and releases more greenhouse gas emissions than it does to produce plastic bags.
Okay, the data are clear, so enough of spending time to defend the use of those plastic bags for environmentally sound reasons. The stormy petrils don’t care and will continue decrying their use as environmentlaly unsound.
But—gasp!—the new study has also found this nugget: Those plastic bags increase social injustice!
As the stormy petrils promote their ideology and successfully pressure governmental bodies at the local and state levels to implement bans, the cost is inevitably passed on disproportionately to the poor in the form of higher prices for the goods sold.
And that's not all.
When the stormy petrils prevail in their grassroots evangelical efforts to get those governmental bodies to impose mandatory fees and taxes on the use of those plastic bags, guess who's getting hurt? The working poor! They're disproportionately impacted because they have to pay more to use paper and reusable bags.
Well, it's one thing to deny the facts like the members of the Flat Earth Society once did. But, to do so with the result of creating greater social injustice? What's The Motley Monk to say?
Let the discussion begin....
To read the Reason Foundation study, click on the following link:
"Your Whole Foods Tote Could Be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."