Scratch a committed environmentalist, you’ll almost always find a misanthrope of some sort.

That nearly all so-called “green” policies are intended to work at the expense of humanity should be made obvious by any review of environmental programs and proposals.

Take the recent trend toward banning plastic bags because of all the fish and wildlife allegedly getting caught in or choking on them.

A study by the National Center on Policy Analysis looked at the real effect of plastic bag bans on the economy in Los Angeles County, where a number of cities have recently passed the bans and county regulations have been phased in during the past couple of years.

The findings of the study were very clear. Businesses affected by the bag bans saw their business shrink by 6 percent, while those not covered by the regulations grew by 9 percent overall. The affected businesses reported a 10 percent spike in unemployment, while unaffected businesses reported 2 percent increased employment.

This was during a time when general unemployment in Los Angeles County decreased from 13.4 percent to 11.1 percent over the past two years.

The study also points out that most plastic bags used at stores are made in America by an industry that employs more than 30,000 people directly and many more indirectly. Reusable bags are mostly imported. Further, plastic bags require less energy (182,361 kcal) to make than paper bags (626,672.9 kcal)….


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