Seattle trying to out-weird Portland; singing plastic bags!

by NW Spotlight

The success of Portlandia appears to have rattled the once-dominant major Northwest city

In a ridiculous display prior to a Seattle City Council vote to ban plastic bags, environmental lobbyists dressed in plastic bag costumes and serenaded the council on the supposed dangers of 100% recyclable plastic bags. The song and dance routine was apparently convincing, as the council proceeded to pass the law.

Seattle’s bag banning lunacy got covered in the Seattle Times and New York Times.

Eco-organic elite: In essence, the “singing plastic bags” convinced the city council that this new Seattle law should allow plastic bags for shoppers at local farmers’ markets, while taxing consumers at grocery stores. The liberal Seattle city council has sent a message loud and clear: plastic bags are okay if you’re buying $10 organic asparagus at the local farmers’ market, but if you’re an average mom who stops at Safeway after a busy day to pick up dinner for your family, you’re going to be punished and charged 5 cents for a paper bag.

Job-killing, misguided “greens”: Despite all the problems America faces and the peer reviewed scientific evidence that shows plastic bag alternatives are bad (if not worse) for the environment, these supposedly green advocates continue to press legislators to ban plastic bags – misguided policy that directly threatens tens of thousands of American manufacturing jobs.  Stan Bikulege, CEO of Hilex Poly, recently discussed this in a RedState guest post and Fox News appearance.

If you want to keep this lunacy out of your city, you can visit this website and sign the petition to say NO to bans and taxes on your grocery bags.

  • NoBagsForYou

    I have seen wildlife struggle to survive when ensnared in waste plastic. I have seen this plastic clog drain lines, water intakes, sewer lines, etc. I have seen this plastic float on the ocean. I have seen this plastic hurt all of us. It is ugly and wasteful and should be outlawed.
    Rather than make fun of these people we should be singing our own songs to our politicians so Oregon can again lead the way in the environment and get these things outlawed NOW!!

    • Sol668

      LOL Please, do you think conservatives care about any of that?  This is going to cost some wealthy republican contributor $$$$$$ and that is unacceptable….nothing can ever step on the wealthy republican EVER…they do the stepping, on you on the environment, on decency on compassion…STOMP STOMP STOMP…and if you don’t capitulate NOBODY GETS A JOB they are going to take their money and go home….period

  • None

    “$10 organic asparagus”.

    Yeah, right. I wonder if the un-named, unaccountable writer of this has ever been to a farmers’ market. 

    As for the “job-killing” claim, I take that with the Bonneville Salt Flats. Righties only care about jobs when environmental protection is at stake.

    Where were they in the 80s and automation was taking away jobs in the timber industry, and despite record levels of cutting forest jobs were declining?

    • Sol668

      Here’s a thought, every plastic bag you don’t use, is a paper bag you do…or a resuable bag..and GASP that creates..could it be? Jobs?…these bullys who hold all the capital, who dominate our media our politics and our environment…are going to use JOBS like a bludgeon to get what they want….and what the wealthy republican wants is EVERYTHING, don’t go along?? NO JOB FOR YOU

  • Baggervance

    Plastic bags are really not good for us as they require oil to make and we need the oil for our SUVs.

  • Slinggshott

    Good for Seattle!  Another step toward more government control
    and I support it.  Soon we will have the
    utopia needed to save the planet.  A
    place where the government tells us how to bag our groceries, what we can eat,
    where we have to live, where we have to work, what we get paid and what kind of
    transportation we must use.  Those not
    willing to conform must be sent to reeducation camps.  From there the nonconformists and undesirables
    will be eliminated.

    I love progressive thinking! 
    It worked so well in places like Viet Nam, Cambodia, Soviet Union and

  • NativePDX

    Baggervancethe plastic bags that use to be in the Portland grocery stores are made from a by product of natural gas. Before they figured out they cold make the bags out of it,  it was a pretty much waste product.

  • Baggervance

    I did not know that. I thought these bags were made from oil. However, I still think they are bad in that they harm Gaia.

  • David Appell

    Again, another article that no one has the courage to sign their name to.

    The bags are recyclable — but what percentage of plastic bags are actually recycled? A very low number: 5% in 2007, according to