Bag ban repeal could reach 2016 ballot

Bag ban repeal could reach 2016 ballot

plastic bags, simanca, cagle, Oct. 5, 2014Looks like a repeal of Gov. Jerry Brown’s ban on plastic bags in grocery stores could reach the 2016 ballot. Reported the Chronicle:

SACRAMENTO — Plastic bag manufacturers have poured $2.7 million into efforts to overturn California’s statewide ban on plastic bags in the seven weeks since Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic legislation.

With signature gatherers posted outside grocery and retail stores across the state, opponents of the plastic bag ban are attempting to gather the more than 500,000 signatures needed to put the referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

The ban supposedly helps the “environment.” Actually, it doesn’t. The Wall Street Journal reported:

In 2011, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency released a study that evaluated nine categories of environmental impacts caused by different types of supermarket bags. The study found that paper bags have a worse effect on the environment than plastic bags in all nine impact categories, which include global warming potential, abiotic depletion, acidification, eutrophication, human toxicity, fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity, marine aquatic ecotoxicity, terrestrial ecotoxicity, and photochemical oxidation.

Furthermore, the study found that the average supermarket shopper would have to reuse the same cotton tote from 94 up to 1,899 times before it had less environmental impact than the disposable plastic bags needed to carry the same amount of groceries. This wide-varying amount of reuse that is required until the breakeven point is reached depends upon the type of environmental impact, but the median is 314 times, and it is more 179 times for all but one of the 9 impact categories.

For example, a shopper would need to reuse the same cotton tote 350 times before it caused less fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity than all of the plastic bags that it would replace over this period. Given the improbability that the same cotton tote would last that long (its expected life is 52 reuses), in most cases plastic bags will have less environmental impact.

It’s typical of California’s Limousine Liberals that they have a knee-jerk reaction to plastic bags, failing to do even the most rudimentary research. Their attitude: “If it’s even remotely possible that something is bad for the environment, ban it. And don’t tell us anything to the contrary, you filthy polluter who is a blight on the planet!”

Assuming banning the bag ban makes the 2016 ballot, it’ll be interesting to see if Brown uses any of his bloated campaign war chest to fight it — assuming he isn’t using the money for a presidential run.



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  1. bob
    bob 17 November, 2014, 19:49

    It might make the ballot but probably doesn’t win. In Nannyfornia the Nannycrats will not tolerate the great unwashed overturning their orders. But the sheeple won’t overturn it. They know their place and will just baa with alacrity instead of voting to overturn the insanity.

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  2. Ulyssess Uaul
    Ulyssess Uaul 17 November, 2014, 20:44


    Do you ever have a good day? Reading this depressing stuff ain’t good for you….Teddy and I are concerned about you.

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  3. T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
    T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 18 November, 2014, 06:38



    The two things they will offer soon are– championing the cause of plastic pollution and destroying national health care!

    And my guess is that when they lose in 2016 they will soul search.


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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 18 November, 2014, 08:39


    Buy a big box of plastic bags from a supplier out of state, take them with you shopping, pass a few out to people in line, be happy, don’t go Constipado or moan like Bobo, Billy Boo Boo and Donkey.

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 18 November, 2014, 08:46

    Californians are so stupid. They rally together over saving plastic bags when there are MUCH bigger fish to fry on the homefront. The LIBERALS up in Oregon just repealed driver’s licenses for illegals by a margin of over 30% (previously enacted almost unanimously by the Oregon state legislators) in the last election even though those in opposition to the licenses were OUTSPENT BY THE ILLEGAL ALIEN LOBBY 11 to 1!!!! HAH! Liberals and democrats did this!!! Even the liberals are starting to smarten up!!! HAH! Still, the conservative media REFUSES to address the issue in California – because the conservative media are lapdogs for big business that profit off cheap labor – even though YOU get stuck paying higher taxes to support all the illiterate indigent foreigners from Mexico and Central America that continue to swarm into our State!!! HAH! The conservative media doesn’t give a DAMN if you pay higher taxes to support the illegals. They protect their sugar daddies in big business!!! Btw, if those liberal dems up in Oregon overwhelmingly repealed DL’s for the stinking illiterate indigent illegals – how do you think they would vote on legalization of 6 million fracking illegals who broke into the country, stole our jobs and leeched off our resources (medical care, education, water, highways, electricity, etc….)? Yet the stupid conservative media keeps their yaps shut tighter than clams!!!! HAH! Just because they claim to be your friends – it ain’t neccessarily so!!! CONNECT THE DAMN DOTS!!!! 🙁

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  6. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 18 November, 2014, 10:45

    Gerald Celente calls them “presstitutes”. And I agree wholeheartedly. We no longer have a so-called ‘free press’ in America. They are all controlled by either the government or by the corporations. In some cases, by BOTH! By the BIG MONEY! True honest investigative reporters are as rare as two-headed goats. The media has completely sold us out when they are supposed to be our final line in defense against tyranny. Don’t EVER expect another Watergate or Pentagon Papers episode. All of them are running scared with their tails tucked firmly between their thighs. This nation has been conquered without a shot being fired!!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁

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  7. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 18 November, 2014, 13:46

    Queen has a point. You can buy 100 plastic bags at WalMart dirt cheap and use them over and over again at the grocery stores. They would last you a lifetime. I have given this problem some forethought. I have saved about 1000 plastic bags from various stores and will use them when this law takes effect. I will use those over and over again. And I plan to get a picture of Jerry Clown and tape it to each bag that I use to communicate a message. Let the common people see how stupid he is!! lol. But that’s why I think the time spent on a plastic bag repeal is so, so stupid. A much better crusade would be to repeal DL’s for illegals like the Oregonians did. We need to keep these illegal illiterate indigent foreigners out of our State. They will bring us down MUCH FASTER than stupid plastic bags. But the average Californian is just as stupid as a plastic bag and can’t see past his nose!!! lol.

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