Our good friends at the American Chemistry Council are at it again. No, they aren’t spending a fortune fighting for babies’ rights to ingest carcinogens through leaching baby bottles and toxic toys.
This time the ACC is trying to buy an election in Seattle.
The petrochemical industry has dropped over $1million on a disinformation campaign to convince voters to oppose a 20-cent fee on plastic shopping bags when they visit the polls on August 18th. This is the most ever spent by an industry on an initiative in the city.
As you may recall, Seattle was poised to add the fee on bags through the normal council approval and Mayor support process. In fact, Seattle’s green mayor, Greg Nickels, proposed the fee. Thanks to the ACC’s efforts on signature gathering, the fee became an initiative for public vote. The funds for the multimedia campaign came from the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the ACC. (I do have to ask: Is their goal to progressively fill the world’s rivers and oceans with plastic bags?) The vote by mail will take place in August.
In response to the ACC’s efforts to preserve their right to pollute, Heal the Bay will join our colleagues at the Seattle Green Bag campaign, People for Puget Sound and others to support the bag fee. As you can imagine, the pro-clean water contingent is getting massively outspent by the polluters, so volunteer assistance is critical. Heal the Bay will host a phone bank at our Santa Monica offices on Aug. 3, from 5:30-7:30, to educate Seattle voters. If you can make it, please let Heal the Bay know by e-mailing us.