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February 25, 2009 9:01 AM

Bagged! Bill requiring phaseout of plastic bags checks out

C'mon, you knew the legislature wasn't going to pry those plastic bags from our eager hands, didn't you?

A bill to require large grocery chains to phase out plastic bags within three years was defeated in the Senate.

Republicans argued that paper bags cause their own set of environmental problems and that certain stores should not be singled out.

"If it's good, we should do it for everybody," argued Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs.

"I think we ought to ban this bill and put it in a landfill," he added. "The people of Colorado must be scratching their heads on this issue. We have critical financial times and we are talking about plastic bags."

Sen. Jennifer Veiga, the bill's sponsor, said the large stores her bill targeted distribute 542 million bags a year and account for 70 percent of the bags used in Colorado. Those bags, she said, create problems for the environment and wildlife.

She also noted that countries such as Uganda and China have outlawed the bags.

That was too much for Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield.

"There is an irony in citing a country like China for policy," Mitchell said. "What else has China banned? They've banned organized religious gatherings, they've banned having more than one child, they've banned political debate and speech, so it was probably pretty easy to pass their bans."

Think a ban on plastic bags is inevitable? Even though most people reuse them at home for garbage, pet doo and other uses?


  • February 25, 2009

    11:27 AM

    Matt writes:

    It was the enviro nuts that got paper banned in the first place because they told us it was killing too many renewable trees. So now landfills and oceans are filled with plastic bags while the enviro nitwits are on the warpath again, this time to undo what they successfully campaigned for years ago. Al Gore's fabricated 'Global Warming' myth will be much more costly to the public. There are valid enviormental concerns but fanatics like Al Gore and ELF should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • February 25, 2009

    12:38 PM

    Shaggy writes:


    "A glitch in satellite sensors caused scientists to underestimate the extent of Arctic sea ice by 500,000 square kilometers (193,000 square miles), a California- size area, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center said."


    Ouch, what a disappointment to the man made global warming zealots.
    But that won't stop the Libtards from forcing a global warming hoax tax upon us all.

    Man made global warming and Barry Hussein Soltero are the two biggest scams ever invented and believed by so many.

  • February 25, 2009

    1:29 PM

    Matt writes:

    It's worse than that Shag. James Hanson, Al Gore's profiteering scientist at NASA who recommends jail time for people that call him on his BS 'global warming' hoax and who has also been caught passing off phony data to back up his GW conclusions has recently been rebuked by his former boss at NASA, Dr. John S. Theon, declaring Hanson to be an embarrassment to the Space Agency. So much for Al Gore's scientific credibility, unless you ask a commited leftist like JMH who could care less about science and more about what his handlers have ordered him to think.


  • February 25, 2009

    2:02 PM

    Shaggy writes:

    I hear ya Matt, algores global warming hoax is coming home to roost.

  • February 25, 2009

    2:02 PM

    Shaggy writes:

    I hear ya Matt, algores global warming hoax is coming home to roost.

  • February 25, 2009

    3:16 PM

    Bob writes:

    That's it, we'll start using Uganda and China as the model for our environmental policies!

  • March 14, 2009

    7:24 PM

    TaxTaxTax writes:

    So this is what an abanconed newspaper web site looks like

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