In Tuesday's episode of the "Michael Knowles Show," Knowles discusses why plastic bans are inconvenient to humans and actually harmful to the environment. Video and partial printing below:[San Francisco’s] Prohibition of plastic water bottles is incredibly stupid, and it's not just stupid because it won't have that big impact. It's stupid because the purpose is not to help the environment; The purpose is just to hurt you. Like all these other regulations and prohibitions, it's not about the environment – it's about caring. By the way, you know that. At San Francisco airport now, the ban only affects water bottles. But you know that you go into the store at the airport or a deli or a convenience store, they don't just sell water bottles. They sell soft drinks, iced bottles, Gatorade juice drinks, all these different drinks. Everyone is doing well at the airport in San Francisco. The only thing you can't get is a water bottle.
Why is that? Because travel dehydrates you. I've learned this the hard way. Once I flew to New York for a night out. So I was already a little dehydrated. I'm on the plane, forgetting that travel dehydrates you. I felt like I was in the middle of the Sahara desert. Men lose up to half a gallon of water from their bodies during a ten-hour flight. There is a lot of water. And you are also not allowed to bring any liquidity security at airports. So what are you going to do now? You have to suffer. That's it. I guess you could bring ̵
You saw this with the ban on plastic grocery bags. Three years ago in California – other states have followed suit – but in 2016, California banned disposable grocery bags in California. New York followed California last March. And when they did, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the ban would "reduce garbage in our communities, protect our water, and create a cleaner and greener New York for everyone." So that's what happened, right? That was obviously what happened. No, in fact, of course not – plastic pollution got significantly worse.
We haven't seen the effect in New York yet because it just happened – but in California, the ban actually caused more plastic pollution. How did it do it? How do we know? There was a study from the University of Sydney that showed that the ban on disposable, a small thin nothing plastic grocery bag, led to a massive increase in sales of thicker, more environmentally harmful plastic garbage bags. You know, the kind you make your garbage at home. How does it work? What is the relationship between grocery bags and garbage bags that none of these economists or any of these regulators or any of these environmental activists could have thought of? Well, you know it from your own use.
Back in the good old days when we had plastic grocery bags, you would go [and] and get all your groceries, and then you would store plastic grocery bags, right? And if you are something like my family, you will save like three hundred of them – you would never spend as many as you have actually received. So you just have them in a pantry somewhere, but you want to use them. You would use them slowly, and the way you want to use them is to line up your little trash cans. And it was very simple, it was actually an organic way of recycling. Because you've got these bags, you won't go out and buy new garbage bags, there's no need to. So you figure it out, use it, throw your garbage, put it in the trash, throw it out. You're good to go. Now that you can't do that – now that the bags don't exist – people have to link the garbage cans somehow. So they should go out and buy a lot more environmentally harmful bags.
Okay, at least it's better for the grocery bags themselves. Right? Error. Another study showed that paper bags, which are the ones that replace disposable plastic bags, are actually worse for the environment than disposable plastic bags. How do we know? In 2011, the UK's environmental agencies showed way back eight years ago that you had to reuse a paper bag and a stationery bag three times if you wanted to bring the environmental impact down to the level of a disposable plastic bag. Do you ever reuse paper bags? No, nobody does. You just throw them out. Ironically, you reuse the eco-friendly plastic bags, but you don't use the paperback again, so they are actually much worse for the environment. Why? Making the paper bags takes a lot more energy. You have to make the pulp, you have to produce the paper bag, and all that energy and all that time you can have just made the once very thin plastic bag from oil.
Okay then Michael, you conservative, you environmentalist. Then forget about the plastic bags. Forget the paper bags. I know! I know how to save the environment, right? This is what all the activists tell you. In the box at the grocery store, what they tell you, you can buy one of the reusable cotton bags. You ever see it, all these are great bags, right? That is the best. That's when you really want to protect the planet from global warming, you buy the bags. All the most liberal people you know have the bags. They bring them back and forth. It's better for the environment, right? No, it's the worst for the environment for everyone.
A headline from the court issued just the last quote in April, "Your cotton bag is quite the worst replacement for a plastic bag." Don't take my word for it. . Listen to the researchers The 2013 study from the Ministry of Environment and Food, [which] found that cotton shopping bags must be reused – how many times do you want to guess? So if you want, if you want to bring the paper bag down to the environmental impact level of a plastic bag, you have to reuse it three times. Yes, [how] many times did you have to reuse a cotton bag? Twenty thousand times. I'm not going to go to the grocery store twenty thousand times in my life.
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