Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.
Judging from the speeches made by California Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de Leon, and Ricardo Lara at a press conference in Vernon on Friday, January 24th, statewide plastic bag legislation may well be "in the bag."
California is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental causes, but our legislators have been far too entangled with the petrochemical lobby to get the job done on banning plastic bags statewide.
There is one policy that seems to bridge the gap between the type of non-intrusive nudges Sunstein champions and the type of policies he knows are ultimately necessary to do something about global warming. They're called bag taxes.
Plastic pollution is largely preventable. Use less by trying not to use disposable, single-use plastic utensils, bottles, and containers. Eliminate or reduce the use of plastics in packing materials. Bring your own reusable bag (but be sure to clean them periodically).
We've come a long way L.A. since 2006, when pioneering river enthusiasts were forced out of the water with their canoes by helicopter cops who warned it was against the law to recreate in the L.A. River.
One city and county at a time, millions of Californians have taken a stand to help stop plastic bags from polluting our beaches, clogging our creeks, killing marine life and burdening tax payers and local governments.