Obama eyes banning plastic bags – and fishing in new protected area off New England

Obama eyes banning plastic bags – and fishing in new protected area off New England

[Ed. – He’s going to screw America every way he can manage to before January.  What the hell is a “single-use plastic bag”?]

The State Department is hosting a two-day conference on the world’s oceans, beginning today, and it’s expected to produce a raft of announcements and initiatives, including new marine protected areas — one off the coast of New England — as well as a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Ahead of the conference, press reports said President Obama on Thursday will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England. …

“We are going to make a lot of announcements,” Catherine Novelli, under secretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment, told reporters.

She said the price tag attached to the “hundred new initiatives” is expected to be “in the multiple billions of dollars.” …

Novelli hinted, but wouldn’t confirm, that the U.S. is one of the countries that plans to ban single-use plastic bags.

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