Plastics industry edited environmental guide

California’s new environmental curriculum was changed to please the plastics industry, reports California Watch.

American Chemistry Council lobbyists persuaded school officials to include a section on “The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags” in the 11th-grade teachers’ edition textbook.

Although the curriculum includes the environmental hazards of plastic bags, the consultant also added a five-point question to a workbook asking students to list some advantages. According to the teachers’ edition, the correct answer is: “Plastic shopping bags are very convenient to use. They take less energy to manufacture than paper bags, cost less to transport, and can be reused.”

Some California cities and counties have banned plastic shopping bags; San Francisco requires markets to charge customers for paper bags. We’re all supposed to have reusable bags.

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  1. J. D. Salinger says:

    How about limiting the environmental curriculum to scientific principles and leaving the politics and indoctrination out?

    • What would be the point of a public education system then? The opportunity to do a little indoctrinating is pretty much the reason for a public education system.

  2. Anybody who saw The Graduate new this was coming.

  3. banjo pickin girl says:

    But what will I use to line my little wastebasket in the bathroom?

  4. And putting my meat in reusable bags? Icky.

  5. How much water and (biodegradable?) soap and electricity will we use to keep those reusable bags clean?