Skip to comments.The Problem Isn’t The Plastic, It’s The People
Posted on 08/22/2019 5:13:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
I dont know who said it, but whoever came up with the idea that whatever liberals dont want to ban, they want to make mandatory, is absolutely accurate. You name it, theyve got a plan to force everyone to do it or to rid the world of it. Nothing is too small to escape their crosshairs, not even straws.
Straws are a favorite target, the banning of which is all the rage in Democrat-controlled cities across the country. They pat themselves on the back so hard over this Jihad against straws that youd think they were giving themselves the Heimlich maneuver.
Now theyre coming for water bottles. Honestly, its kind of surprising it took this long.
San Francisco International Airport has banned plastic water bottles from being sold inside the terminal because, they say, it will help save the planet. One traveler, a woman named Debbie Dubois, told a reporter, I actually think its a really positive move. Im really proud of the city of San Francisco and California for being aware and taking some action to save our planet.
Yay, planet saved! Not exactly.
You can still buy any other non-alcoholic beverage in plastic bottles, and if youve ever bought a bottle of Coke youve likely noticed plastic pop or soda bottles (depending upon where in the country you are btw: pop is correct) are much thicker than plastic water bottles. Some water bottles are so thin and flimsy theyre like trying to drink out of a Ziploc bag. Fox reported that vice president of the International Bottled Water Association said, If consumers cant get a bottled water product in their preferred plastic container, they are likely to purchase a less healthy beverage in a much heavier plastic bottle, which will actually increase the amount of waste generated as SFO.
While the stated goal of the ban is to bring the airport closer to their goal of producing zero landfill waste by 2021, this feel good move will end up producing more waste. At least, that is, until they move to bad the next round of plastic.
Why the Jihad against plastic? Because waterways around the world, particularly the oceans, are becoming littered with the stuff. Its the same logic behind the $.05 per plastic bag tax liberals imposed nearly everywhere they could.
But the problem isnt the plastic, its the people who toss their trash out the windows of their cars or on the ground wherever they happen to be. Much like everything else, because of the acts of a few, they want to infringe upon or tax everyone else rather than cracking down and fining people who litter.
By the way, the overwhelming majority of the plastic in the ocean comes from Asia, but taxing and banning things in Asia isnt an option. American pockets are here, and Democrats love to get their hands in those, especially when it can be wrapped in the idea of saving the planet.
There is a better way, if liberals really do want to address the problem.
I grew up in Michigan, a state where you wont find many stray bottles or cans laying around parks or anywhere else. Why? Are Michiganders super-tidy? Not really. Its because every can and bottle is worth a dime.
Michigan has a $.10 deposit on every bottle and can sold. So a pop that costs $.99 actually costs $1.09. When you bring the bottle back to a store that sells them, you get a dime. A case of beer cans is worth $2.40. As a kid, I funded by baseball card habit by collecting empties from parks and softball fields around the city. It was great for kids too young to work - gave us a way to get some money.
This would work for water bottles in California, plastic bags, or even straws everywhere. If those things suddenly had value, artificial as it is, youd create an army of kids and homeless people snatching up every stray they could find. They wouldnt end up in the water, theyd be recycled the second they hit the ground. You want to get rid of plastic bags, make them worth a nickel or dime. Once you pay for it, because theyre so thin, they become worthless the second you get your groceries out of them. If they didnt rip before that. Tossing them in the trash or on the ground becomes an option when something has zero value. So why not a deposit instead?
The problem is, while a deposit would clean the streets and waterways, these local governments wouldnt be able to wet their beaks. And no liberal government is interested in a solution to anything if they dont get a piece of the action.
So, politicians and government officials continue to ban and tax without making an impact on what they say their ultimate goal is. Makes you wonder if control, and not keeping plastic bottles, bags, and straws from becoming litter, isnt really their goal.
Burn the plastic for electric power. Good scrubbers little or no pollution. Lets get real.
So, so true.
By the way, Ban and Tax is the perfect term to summarize the Democrat party today. Everything they do fits under those two categories.
Just like the gun control debate....do not go after the actual perpetrators...go after the masses and make life more difficult for them.
That discovery was extrapolated to the extermination of all straws.
We don't have a straw problem, we have an envirowacko progressive problem . We need to be rid of people, not straws
Have you noticed that the most litter is in Democrat controlled areas?
Plastic is made from OIL.
That is really their target. “BIG OIL”.
I think that went into effect sometime during the 1970's. Prior to that the roads and highways were littered with tin cans that were casually tossed out the car windows......
Those cans have now been replaced with plastic water bottles. You should see the softball diamonds we play on in the mornings after games the night before. The dugouts are strewn with the plastic bottles just thrown on the ground or left on the benches while a garbage can is only 15 ft. away.........
Put a deposit on them too and somebody will pick them up.......
More specifically, third world Barry Sotero Asians and Africans using first world products then dumping them overboard without a thought.
So, yeah- ban plastic straws, because...control.
There are two types of people. People who pick up trash as they walk to dispose, and people who throw the trash out of cars or as they walk.
Actually most polyolefins like polyethylene come from natural gas of which we have so much we burn it at the well head. Haven’t figured out how plastic bottles or straws are killing the planet. If dumped they just sit there and don’t do much.
Thanks for the correction
The graphic is stunning
If youve been to Israel, youll see that the Jewish areas are clean and the muzzie areas are full of trash everywhere. Muslims are pigs.
My husband and I went out to dinner for the first time in ages this week. We chose a new little pizza/sandwich place with healthy food and mix-your-own juice combinations. My drink was wonderful. Then I opened the straw and realized it was one of those thick paper straws that makes it so that all I could taste was the straw. GAG! I chose not to use a straw at all. I’ll bet that straw had some kind of noxious chemical in it. Sure tasted like it!
It’s like term limits. Its the voter.
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