New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Pushes to Ban Plastic Bags

On Monday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) introduced legislation that would ban single-use plastic bags at restaurants and stores. Cuomo says this legislation would cut down on plastic pollution in streets, waterways and elsewhere.

“The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“As the old proverb goes: ‘We did not inherit the earth, we are merely borrowing it from our children,’ and with this action, we are helping to leave a stronger, cleaner and greener New York for all.”

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One of the biggest critiques Cuomo is facing from the left in his quest for re-election is that he is doing not nearly enough to protect the environment in New York.

Per The Hill:

Cuomo’s bill comes as he runs for reelection amid criticism from some environmentalists that he is not doing enough to protect the state’s environment.

Cuomo faces a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. Nixon rolled out a climate platform on Friday with a goal of moving the state to 100 percent renewable energy, pledged to reject all fossil fuel infrastructure and implement laws to better hold companies accountable for their contributions to climate change.

Green activists are protesting in Albany Monday to push Cuomo to stop approving any fossil fuel infrastructure, including natural gas power plants, and to expand renewable energy in the state.

A handful of towns and cities in New York currently ban plastic bags, and California is the only other entire state to have such a policy. Puerto Rico and American Samoa also have bans, and Washington, D.C., has a tax on the bags.

Numerous other municipalities and counties around the country have either bans or fees on disposable plastic bags.

How many people saw this article and thought that maybe someone was murdered with a plastic bag? The left is very focused on the environment, almost to a fault, so it’s smart for him to let his base know he is concerned about these types of things.

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