Austin bag ban means penalties for re...

Austin bag ban means penalties for retailers that offer disposable bags

There are 4 comments on the Austin American-Statesman story from Mar 2, 2012, titled Austin bag ban means penalties for retailers that offer disposable bags. In it, Austin American-Statesman reports that:

Kat Munroe sacks groceries for a customer at the downtown Whole Foods using paper bags that the store has provided for years.

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Austin, TX

#1 Mar 3, 2012
The city is broke and raising taxes and utility rates to scrounge for more money yet the city has 2 million dollars laying around for education of the bag ban?
I will simply drive 2 miles to Cedar Park and grocery shop there, give my tax dollars there instead of Austin. I have already been going there to buy big ticket items anyway and went to Georgetown to buy my new car last year and will do the same next month for my bass boat. I do this because I am protesting the Silly Klowncils actions on Arizona when that state passed their immigration laws.

Austin, TX

#2 Mar 3, 2012
I will shop elsewhere as well in protest. It is annoying the city has millions to throw around when it claims to be broke and has to raise taxes. Rather ironic really that The city claims Austin Energy to not have money for the Trail of Lights but the city takes $135,000,000 a year from Austin Energy for pet projects and general revenue uses but claims without huge rate increases their utility will go broke.
El Cid

Austin, TX

#3 Mar 18, 2012
I grew up in Holland and Germany in the 70s and 80s and not until moving to America did I ever see bags given to customers.
We always had out cloth shopping bags that we took with us and put our items in wherever we went.
Seems like it takes Americans a few decades to catch on to a good thing.
Reminds me of something I read about America from Winston Churchill. Something to the effect that America will in the end do the right thing or something good but only after trying everything else first.

Austin, TX

#4 Mar 21, 2012
“We’re so self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now.“Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of f-ing Earth Day. I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!

We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself,’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question,“Why are we here?”

Plastic… asshole.”
― George Carlin

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