BAGTOPIA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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