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Ban this! No, never mind!

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Recently, many politicians were in such a hurry to ban plastic bags.

California and Hawaii banned them, then New York. Then Oregon, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont passed laws against them. More than 400 cities did, too.

Why? Because plastic bags are evil, didn't you know?

"Look at the damage done by plastic bags! It is everywhere!" complained New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

A Washington state senator cited "videos of animals choked by plastics, tangled in garbage!"

So what should we use instead of plastic? Cloth bags! They're reusable! "Certainly the way to go!" said New Jersey's assembly speaker.

 

But now, suddenly, politicians are canceling their bans. Instead, they're banning the once praised reusable bags.

It's because of COVID-19, of course.

Reusable bags already brought bacteria into stores. We're supposed to wash them, but almost no one does. Studies found reusable bags crawling with dangerous bacteria. After plastic bags were banned in San Francisco, food poisoning deaths increased sharply.

But environmental groups, like Greenpeace, call those disease fears "misinformation."

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