We’d have no problems with either lead-infused reusable shopping bags, or those evil plastic shopping bags. I have suggested more than once on this site that the hard core anti-human greenies will ultimately find something to go nuts about even when the next new clean energy technology comes about. You can already see it with the disaster that the Cape Wind project has become, or the dozens of cases of people complaining about the health impacts from noisy windmills and from the birds that windmills kill. And you can certainly see it by an unwillingness to go full bore behind nuclear technologies, which are totally clean and extremely safe – and would seem to pose far smaller risks to the planet than the disaster that global warming is. And you can bet your arse that the greenies will oppose solar, hydrogen and whatever else we figure out for much the same reason.
By the way, this most recent case of the reusable bags displays the utter arrogance and lack of knowledge (in the Hayekian sense) of the peddlers of environmental doom stories. For example, we are urged to move to alternative fuels because we are “dependent” on foreign oil (as if that is any more of a big deal than our dependence on foreign t-shirts). And then what do you know, the next solution, hybrid and electric cars, require us to become dependent on something else, which is not even able to be produced in many places around the globe AND we have no idea what the environmental consequences of its use are (e.g. vanadium in electric cars is made almost wholly in China). But hey, it’s not oil.
Extra credit points to whatever student wants to go paragraph by paragraph through the reusable shopping bag article and comment.