Bag ban

Use That Organic Cotton Shopping Bag 20,000 Times or It’s Worse for the Environment

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2018

“Our assumptions about what is environmentally friendly don’t always stand up to scrutiny.” Recent research by the Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark, published by the DEPA (Denmark Environmental Protection Agency), – Executive summary in English begins on page 13 – reinforces claims I’ve made here for years. The replacement for plastic shopping bags are […]

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Out-Of State Group Behind Portsmouth Bag Ban Will Keep Pushing Their Agenda

by Steve MacDonald April 5, 2017

Monday we reported on an attempt by elements in the City of Portsmouth to advance another plastic bag ban. Yesterday, the Portsmouth City Council postponed a vote on the ban pending review by the City Manager. It is unclear what the city manager can do. There is no legislative support or enabling legislation. Correspondent Kimberly Haas from […]

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Portsmouth Looking at Plastic Bag Ban Again- Council Meeting Tonight.

by Steve MacDonald April 3, 2017

The Portsmouth, New Hampshire City Council is meeting tonight for the second reading of a proposal to ban plastic bags in the city council chamber, City hall, starting at 7 pm. This is not the Council’s first dance with a proposed bag ban. Back in the spring of 2015 a Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable […]

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Chicago Taxes Plastic Grocery Bags to Save the ‘Environment’ (wink-wink)

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2016

Chicago recently instituted a new $0.07 per bag tax on plastic grocery/store bags. No price is too high to save the environment, right? What if the “environment” is the city budget? Roughly 70% of that green-tax will go directly to the city to plug holes in the municipal budget. The stealth tax does not quite […]

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Portsmouth Drops Plastic ‘Bag Ban’ For Now

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2015
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We’ll probably talk about this today on GrokTALK! so as a primer, the city lawyer indicates that, … While we maintain that the city might have the authority to adopt the plastic bag ordinance under the purview of solid waste regulation, without a clear source of enabling legislation, we are inclined to conclude that it […]

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Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Will Be Bad For Portsmouth

by Steve MacDonald April 6, 2015
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Portsmouth has a Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable Practices and like any good committee it must forever practice things that sustain the committee.  To that end the busybodies have identified the next great environmental evil.  Single-use plastic bags are bad for Portsmouth (and the world!).  They plan to submit a proposal to the City Council […]

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Bette Midler California Bag Ban – No, It’s Not About Plastic Surgery

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2013

If ever you needed proof that some celebrities are dopes then the recent effort by a cast of millionaire limousine liberals to help pass a state wide bag ban in California should serve.  No, it’s not a bill to require plastic surgery, it would make the misnamed single use plastic grocery bag extinct across the […]

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“Green” Cleaner Responsible for Blaze

by Steve MacDonald February 22, 2013

Thankfully no one was hurt but talk about an eye opener. Fire Lt. Kenneth Vincent said with the increase in people using “green” cleaning products, the number of chemical combustion fires is on the rise. Those are two words that should make any Birkenstock wearing, free-trade-latte-drinking-tree-hugging-Kashi-eating-granola junkie shudder – ‘chemical fire.’ That can’t be good for the […]

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The Human Cost of Plastic Bag Bans… (Updated – new link added)

by Steve MacDonald August 18, 2012

What are the unidentified costs of banning disposable shopping bags?  I’ve been speculating for months. In this video PERC Lone Mountain Fellow Jonathan Klick argues that the presence of harmful bacteria (in reusable grocery bags whose use is mandated after plastic bag bans are put in place) creates a health cost that has not been […]

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A Spec of Common Sense in McAllen Texas

by Steve MacDonald July 24, 2012

McAllen Texas rests in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, right along the border with Mexico.  And for now, at least, McAllen is not hopping on the plastic bag ban train to nowhere. If you have not been following my recent (bizarre and persistent) interest in this annoy environmental stupidity, towns and cities all […]

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Happy “Dependence Day” Seattle – Your City Just Banned Plastic Bags

by Steve MacDonald July 4, 2012

Nothing says freedom like telling your citizens or local businesses what to do.  But Seattle is not exactly a bastion of Freedom and liberty.  And today is no different. The Seattle City Council has voted to ban plastic grocery bags. This is another win by so-called environmental groups that claim the bags fill up landfills […]

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L.A. Plastic Bag Ban – By The Way…Reusable Bags Might Be Worse For The Environment

by Steve MacDonald June 13, 2012

This is almost a palate cleanser but then it is not.   Apparently the LA plastic bag ban was motivated by celebrity goobers with green thumbs. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated […]

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L.A. City Council Votes 13-1 to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags

by Steve MacDonald May 24, 2012

  The Los Angeles city council voted 13-1 to ban plastic shopping bags in grocery stores.  There is a lengthy review and implementation process to follow but if all goes to plan within about 10-12 months the ban will be in force.  Paper bags will still be available for a ten cent fee.  I like […]

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What could go wrong? LA Set to Ban Paper and Plastic

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2012

Democrats don’t think things through.  (Progressive Republicans are no different, to be fair.)  They enact policies in response to the echo chamber of voices in their ideologically isolationist heads, all the things Edmund Burke warned us against centuries ago.  The result is almost always bureaucratic nonsense, another small loss of freedom, massive expense with little […]

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