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Sierra Club talking points get debunked

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By Brian McCool

Here are how some Sierra Club talking points being debunked:
Talking Point: Plastic bags last forever in the landfills.
Debunking: Everything lasts forever in the landfills we use. They are designed to keep what’s put there as stable as possible to reduce the chance of nasty stuff oozing into the environment.
TP: Re-usable bags are friendlier to the environment.
D: If you consider the entire lifecycle of these bags, the re-usable bags are worse for the environment. Most of them are made in China with dirtier energy and no restrictions on what waste products are allowed back into the environment. Most of the plastic shopping bags currently offered at checkout are made in the U.S.A. with much cleaner energy and high standards for waste product disposal. Banning plastic shopping bags eliminates more United States jobs and contributes toward polluting the environment.
TP: Paper bags are better because they’re recyclable and biodegradable.


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