Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Support
ę Wednesday Morning Link Dump | Main | FoxNews Drops Dick Morris Ľ
February 06, 2013

San Francisco's Plastic Bag Ban Kills About 5 People A Year

I was aware of the negative economic consequences of plastic bag bans and plastic bag taxes, both for bag manufacturers and businesses that use the bags. I was also aware that when you raise the price of things (as the plastic bag tax does in places like D.C.), you make things harder for the people least able to adjust to arbitrary price increases -- the poor. And I was aware that any environmental benefit we're likely to see from bag bans and bag taxes is speculative at best.

I was not aware that the plastic bag bans have a death toll, as Ramesh Ponnuru writes in Bloomberg:

Warning of disease may seem like an over-the-top scare tactic, but research suggests thereís more than anecdote behind this industry talking point. In a 2011 study, four researchers examined reusable bags in California and Arizona and found that 51 percent of them contained coliform bacteria. The problem appears to be the habits of the reusers. Seventy-five percent said they keep meat and vegetables in the same bag. When bags were stored in hot car trunks for two hours, the bacteria grew tenfold.

[...]

Klick and Wright estimate that the San Francisco ban results in a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illnesses, or 5.5 more of them each year. They then run through a cost-benefit analysis employing the same estimate of the value of a human life that the Environmental Protection Agency uses when evaluating regulations that are supposed to save lives. They conclude that the anti-plastic-bag policies canít pass the test -- and thatís before counting the higher health-care costs they generate.

Of course, this is common sense. There's a reason we keep food in refrigerators and discard or wash packaging when we're done with it. But washing the heap of reusable cloth bags in the back of the car? I'll admit: I never have. (I also usually just use plastic bags. There's no bag ban or tax in Virginia and the bags make excellent bin liners.)

Norovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, was already known to be spread by reusable grocery bags at the time Los Angeles adopted its bag ban. The additional deaths and greater healthcare costs of the bag ban do not appear to have given environmental activists much pause. Naturally, enviroweenies have a long history of ignoring the human cost of their harebrained green ideas.


digg this
posted by Gabriel Malor at 09:32 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
eleven: "Interesting times for the Obama generation. ..."

ManWithNoParty: "Is Peachtree still alive, I wonder? Posted by: Mi ..."

Cicero (@cicero): "I though Captain Nine-Iron sent our military to sh ..."

Slapweasel[/i][/u][/s][/b]: ""[i]There won't be protests, then.[/i]". Posted b ..."

Blanco Basura: "[i]Good evening, everyone! I'm rendering pork fat ..."

eleven: "It's not time to panic until it's time to panic. ..."

Donna &&&&&& V. (brandishing ampersands): "Jesus, Royals, quit getting struck out and ending ..."

Mike Hammer, etc., etc.: "My fave was all the accounting program vendors tha ..."

The Jackhole: "Obama - Ebola : both terrible ..."

eman: "What we don't know is what will bite us in the ass ..."

Rex: "One panic caveat: Ebola can survive on surfaces fo ..."

eleven: "Good post tmi3rd. However......very contagiou ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64