Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Science Of Plastic Bags

Science is sometimes like the giant in the fairy tale who, in pursuit of the princess, with one step far out paces her.

It turns out, according to a report in timesonline, that plastic bags pose only a minimal threat to marine animals: “Scientists and environmentalists have attacked a global campaign to ban plastic bags which they say is based on flawed science and exaggerated claims.”

Ah, so.

Does this mean that the plans afoot in the Connecticut legislature to scuttle plastic bags in favor of paper bags will be rethought?

Don’t bet on it. Connecticut’s legislature is not into re-thinking.

If they were, they would understand that business regulations – really, a tax on business operations – probably should be kept at a minimum in recessionary periods. States that pile on regulations lose businesses to other more accommodating states like ... well, name any state other than Connecticut, the highest taxed state in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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