To the Editor:
Millions of pounds of plastics are being poured into our oceans, rivers, and streams every year. As a community that is severely affected by climate change and plastic pollution, it is important we do something.
I’m calling on our federal senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as you to actively oppose Save Our Seas 2.0 (Senate bill 1982). This bill is being promoted by the chemical industry. Save Our Seas 2.0 props up a failed plastic system in this country. In 2017 the U.S. had a dismal recycling rate of 8.4 percent before China closed its doors to our recyclables. This bill lacks a commitment to reduce the generation of plastic. We cannot solve climate change and the plastic epidemic without the reduction of plastic usage. As a community, we cannot allow for the promotion of gasification and pyrolysis, as this bill may do. This bill wants to use tax money to do a study exploring the harm and benefits of burning plastics. This is not a needed study; it is like studying if cigarettes are harmful to us.
I urge you all to make calls, write letters, be proactive in stopping this bill. Although the bill has a charismatic title, it is very misleading, and should be called the Save Our Plastics bill.
This bill will do little to reduce the pollution flooding our oceans and streets. We need Congress to pass strong laws that effectively deal with the problem. This bill does not do that. I am calling on Sen. Warren and Sen. Markey to oppose this controversial bill on the Senate floor, and for you the readers to take action.