I agree with all of you in varying aspects of this "going green thing". I think 95% of it is about the money, lining some peoples pockets with it and not the environment. Its like the commercials for the HSUS showing all the sad looking dogs and cats, it really pee's me off because its about lining an organizations pocketbook more than the animals but sad looking pictures of animals prompts just about anybody to donate. Yeh I agree animals get mistreated but not as drastically as they portray it. In fact when they (Congress and PETA) passed a law changing the status of horses from livestock to pets it actually caused more suffering. But thats another subject as well as political I guess (?) so I'll get off it.
I think a deposit ought to be put on plastic bags, not another tax. With a tax you pay it and still throw the damn thing away whereas with a deposit you're more likely to save it and return it for recycling whether that be used again and not have to pay an addtional deposit on new bags or you give it to the store when its torn needing to be melted down and recycled into new bags. Either way you'd either get your deposit back or fore-go paying another deposit, not to mention there would be a LOT of people out cleaning up bags off the roads, streets, parking lots, etc.
THAT is going green imo... not taxing the shyt out of shoppers so they can spend less on actual products.
But taxes line the governments pocket so they can spend more, hire more "government workers". Who is the largest employer in the USA... our government, which produces absolutely Nothing other than more taxes
so they can hire more workers so they can tax more so they can....