Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ramesh Ponnuru: Plastic-bag bans have disgusting results

Junkscience.com is a great resource that exposes the hype we are constantly exposed to on global warming and other overblown dangers.  I've got a couple of articles to share with you about the plastic bag bans. This article goes over many of the studies I've already covered.

From The Commercial Appeal:
Conservatives often point out that laws, no matter how benign they may appear, have unintended consequences. They can reverberate in ways that not many people foresaw and nobody wanted: Raising the minimum wage can increase unemployment; prohibition can create black markets.

The efforts in many cities to discourage the use of plastic bags demonstrate that such unintended consequences can be, among other things, kind of gross.
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The best course for government, then, is probably to encourage people to recycle their plastic bags — or, maybe, just let people make their own decisions. Plastic-bag bans are another on a distressingly long list of political issues where I cannot see eye to eye with Eva Longoria.  

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