California grasps at straws over plastic in our ocean, but the real causes are hidden from naive Americans
It will be a crime to provide plastic straws in California’s mom and pop restaurants (not fast food chains), unless requested, if Gov. J. Brown signs bill A.B. (1884) into law.
We are told this will save the planet from America’s profligate destruction of the environment. It might even help diminish that waste-plastic, small continent floating in the Pacific between Hawaii and California, now measuring about three times the size of France.
While Golden State lawmakers pat themselves proudly, the real reasons for the plastic island, dubbed Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), have been hidden from Americans.
The biggest culprit is abandoned plastic fishing gear, primarily nets, left by commercial operations. Continue reading →