Abby Goldberg, a seventh grader from Grayslake, Ill., has stolen the plastics industry's thunder -- and quite possibly spoiled prospects for an industry-supported bag recycling bill in Illinois. Goldberg went to Chicago today to urge Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a recycling bill that would prohibit any city in the state, with the exception of Chicago, from implementing a plastic bag ban. The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune both have reports about the meeting today. Her change.org website, which has more than 155,000 signatures to date, is called "Governor Quinn: Don't Let Big Plastic Bully Me!" "My name is Abby Goldberg, and as a 12-year-old girl who, after seeing the devastation that millions of plastic bags have caused the environment and ocean life, I made my school project this year to be getting a local ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in my home town Grayslake, IL," she writes. "My friends and I were making great progress, until the oil and chemical industry pulled a dirty trick to kill my campaign; these lobbyists used the politicians that they bought to pass a bill that would make it illegal for towns across Illinois to create plastic bag bans! Even worse, they're trying to make it look like a green environmental bill, by putting in a few ridiculously-low requirements for so-called 'recycling' of plastic bags, and are bragging they're going to make it 'a model bill for all states!' "Now it's in the hands of our Governor to stop them with a veto, but he needs to hear from all of us!" Will Gov. Quinn side with the plastics industry, or with the precocious 12-year-old? What do you think? The Sun-Times reported: "After receiving the petitions, Quinn wouldn't reveal whether he would sign the bill. "'"You'll have to wait and see,' he said. He pledged to 'do things right for the environment.'"
12-year-old girl makes anti-plastics headlines
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