The eco-conscious cheer, the realists shake their heads when it comes to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s new ban on plastic bags. He will go from Governor Moonbeam to Governor Beanbag, perhaps, in the minds of his critics.
“The ban on plastic grocery bags may not be the worst piece of legislation Brown will sign this year, but it is among the most obnoxious. Combine crony capitalism and liberal condescension with pious environmentalism and a callous disregard for the Golden State’s embattled manufacturing sector, and you have an apt description of this new law,” says Ben Boychuk, a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute
“Every policy has unintended consequences; this new law is no different. One obvious consequence will be the return of paper bags, which cost more to make and certainly leave a larger carbon footprint, if you fret about such things. Another effect: The new law will cost California 2,000 manufacturing jobs. The governor should have bagged this bill when it crossed his desk,” Mr. Boychuk observes.