Bleg: What drives the anti-plastic-bag campaign?
December 9, 2012 13 Comments
This is a sincere question.
Many (mostly SWPL) localities have now either banned or slapped a tax on the use of plastic bags from e.g. the supermarket. Here’s what I don’t understand:
As usual, there are two ways to answer this: (1) why do people favor such policies psychologically or emotionally, and (2) what’s their stated rationale for the policies. I am looking for the answer to #2 because I honestly and sincerely don’t know what it is.
This is one of those policies that just seemed to bubble to the surface of SWPL thinking without ever going through any sort of ‘let’s have a rational discussion about it’ phase. All right-thinking SWPLers just spontaneously and simultaneously decided that Let’s Nudge People Away From Plastic Bags was sound public policy without putting forth any real arguments for this.
But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe something resembling an argument was put forth, and I just missed it since I was too busy catching up on White Collar episodes. So, that’s my question: What was the Real Argument for the anti-plastic-bag pogrom?
If you know, let me know. Thanks in advance.
UPDATE: For the record, these policies mostly just make me want to use a lot of plastic bags. For SPITE. If that involves paying a tax, so be it. You can’t put a price on SPITE!