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Mar 14, 2019 10:52 AM 1+ week ago

California proved that wasn't true for emissions controls and renewable energy. We're now economic leaders thanks in part to those regulations.

The newspaper now wants to use the same evidence-free argument against legislation to reduce and recycle plastic waste.

If you read the Long Beach Press-Telegram for September 18, less than six months ago, you might have a different perspective.

On that date, the paper reported that a coastal cleanup in 2017 had turned up 1.7 million food wrappers, 1.6 million plastic bottles, 1 million plastic bottle caps and 750,000 plastic grocery bags.

That sounds like a problem, and it's one that interferes with Californians' enjoyment of their beaches up and down the coast.

Oddly, the editorialists cited the Ocean Cleanup Foundation when they argued that consumer plastic is not a problem.

Ocean Cleanup's own researcher said, on their website, that as much as 99 million tons of municipal plastic waste was improperly disposed of in a single year, with a portion of that finding its way ...

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