Reader Vicki sent me a link to the following story from the Honolulu Advertiser, about another city falling prey to industry forces, with politicians afraid of upsetting their big donors:
Bills before the city and state that would ban the use of plastic shopping bags were met with opposition by city administrators and retail industry advocates yesterday, leading lawmakers to defer action on the issue. At a meeting of the Honolulu City Council’s planning and sustainability committee, city Department of Environmental Services Director Eric S. Takamura told council members he sees no litter problem related to plastic bags.
Can you guess who is behind this “opposition”?
Grocery and business groups, including Retail Merchants of Hawai’i and Hawai’i Food Industry Association. And I bet the Grocer’s Union was somehow involved too, just like here in L.A. where they scared the politicians from approving the ban. The saddest (or funniest part, really) of the article is this quote:
“If the bill passes, prices go up, and there is going to be chaos,” Botti said. “They (Mainland retailers) will shut us off. We don’t need it. There are other ways to solve the problem.”
Yes, chaos will ensue if you ban the plastic bag. Just ask San Francisco, or better yet, the entire country of Ireland, about the mad chaos that ensued!
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