Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is sticking up for plastic bags. Well, sort of. In this story from the Chicago Sun-Times, Daley argues that the City Council should go slow in its effort to regulate plastic bags.
“You can't outlaw plastic bags overnight,” Daley said. “Are we all going to show up in front of the Sun-Times and Tribune building and say, ‘Here's your plastic bags. You have to take them back?' Remember, it's you who's doing it. You wrap your newspapers in plastic. You should take them back, right? You have a responsibility.” The mayor added, “Everybody's against plastic. But let's think about all the industries it has to do with. I'd rather see the industries do it themselves, truthfully. Not all of the sudden, [say] they want a fine. They want us to sue you. Let's work this out. [Let's have] a voluntary approach.”Is this the same Mayor Daley who slapped a tax on PET water bottles last year? Yep.