December 13, 2019

Neguse aims to rid Congress of plastic bottles

Those watching Friday morning’s impeachment hearing in the 41-member House Judiciary Committee might have noticed a plastic water bottle at every representative’s seat.

To Colorado’s Joe Neguse, that represents a very obvious target in the much larger battle to address climate change.

“Ninety-nine percent of plastic is made from fossil fuels, with refinement being the most greenhouse gas-intensive part of the lifecycle, and almost all plastic ends up in oceans and landfills,” wrote Neguse, who represents the Second Congressional District, to House Administration Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

Those watching Friday morning’s impeachment hearing in the 41-member House Judiciary Committee might have noticed a plastic water bottle at every representative’s seat.

To Colorado’s Joe Neguse, that represents a very obvious target in the much larger battle to address climate change.

“Ninety-nine percent of plastic is made from fossil fuels, with refinement being the most greenhouse gas-intensive part of the lifecycle, and almost all plastic ends up in oceans and landfills,” wrote Neguse, who represents the Second Congressional District, to House Administration Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

The House Administration Committee did not immediately have a response to the letter.

In 2017, The Guardian reported that consumers worldwide bought 20,000 water bottles each second, and fewer than half were recycled. A British House of Commons committee heard testimony from an industry representative that manufacturing water bottles from recycled plastic uses 75% less energy than new plastic, but whether to do so “is a decision made by brands.”


By:  Michael Karlick
Source: Colorado Politics