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Plastic Bag Bans Are Bad for the Environment

http://cei.org/sites/default/files/Angela%20Logomasini%20-%20Plastic%20Bag%20Bans%20are%20Bad%20for%20the%20Environment%20-%20WebMemo.pdf

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Seattle’s New Ban on Plastic Bags ‘Pushes People to Less Environmentally Friendly Options’

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/seattle-s-new-ban-plastic-bags-pushes-people-less-environmentally-friendly-options

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Plastic Bag Ban Will Put Los Angeles In Landfill

Proposal would provide no environmental benefits and deepen city’s economic depression.

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/23/plastic-bag-ban-will-put-los-angeles-in

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Myth of ‘eco-friendly’ bags exposed as Tesco dumps ‘green’ carriers that may actually harm the environment

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026434/Eco-friendly-bags-Tesco-dumps-green-carriers-actually-harm-environment.html

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Cotton totes need to used 131 times to be ‘eco-friendly’

http://www.zeenews.com/news688843.html

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Reusable Grocery Bags Breed Bacteria

Tests Confirm Risk Of Illness

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/25181234/detail.html

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Reusable Grocery Bags Kept in Bathroom Implicated in Norovirus Outbreak

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120509092524.htm

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Fla. newspaper finds lead in reusable grocery bags

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/fla-newspaper-finds-lead-in-reusable-grocery-bags-1040580.html

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Paper, Plastic or Cloth: Which Bag is Best for the Environment?

http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/politicalcalculations/2012/06/16/paper_plastic_or_cloth_which_bag_is_best_for_the_environment/page/full/#

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Evidence

Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags

http://www.biodeg.org/files/uploaded/Carrier_Bags_Report_EA.pdf

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Banning or taxing such bags reduces economic activity and increases unemployment. However, plastic bags are less harmful to the environment than either paper or reusable bags. There are no economic or environmental reasons for banning or taxing plastic bags.

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st340.pdf

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Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2196481

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Despite continued demonization of plastic bags, the evidence shows that they’re less likely to be contaminated, typically save more energy than paper or cloth alternatives, and are less hazardous to marine life than is commonly conjectured.

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/articles/regulation-review-crusade-against-plastic-bags.pdf

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Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?

www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st353.pdf

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