If you live in Illinois, the state’s Governor, J.B. Pritzker, has proposed a policy that will literally make you sick if you shop in the state’s grocery stores, and it has the full backing of environmentalists too. According to The Associated Press, members of Bring Your Bag Chicago not only like Pritzker’s idea of a 7 cent a bag tax, they want the tax as high as 12 cents a bag.
Hopefully reason will prevail and the proposal will die out due to lack of interest or opposition from Illinois residents. The results of a study released in 2012 on municipalities that had plastic bags outlawed turned up some pretty harrowing results. The research for the manuscript was conducted by Jonathan Klick of University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Property and Environment Research Center and Joshua D. Wright of the George Mason University School of Law. The two researchers found a correlation between increased emergency room visits and even deaths in places with plastic bag bans in which foodborne bacteria like coliform and E.coli as the reason for the increases.
If the tax passes hopefully the Illinois state government, grocers and environmentalists will encourage Illinois shoppers to wash their bags after usage. Unfortunately, people have a tendency to either forget or procrastinate when it comes to things like that. A report done by the Association for Food Protection discovered that in many cases shoppers rarely washed the bags which means increases in food borne illnesses and potentially even deaths. Jonathan Klick, one of the study’s researchers, observed the same thing.
None the less, if the tax is enacted and increased sickness or deaths related to food borne illness come to your area of Illinois, you know who is ultimately responsible. Environmentalists support plastic bag restrictions while having full knowledge of the effects of similar measures demonstrates their outright evil intent.
It is clear that requiring new fees, outright bans or reducing usage on plastic bags contributes to the spread of illness. What better way to help rid the Earth of a few more human beings by trying to modify people’s behavior in order to make people re-use plastic bags? Environmentalists ultimately know shoppers are unlikely to clean and can carry food borne sicknesses that can spread among the populace resulting in serious illness or even death.
NOTE: This post includes similar text from a previous essay posted sometime ago.