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One of the most frequently asked questions in our society regarding the environment is "Paper or plastic or cloth or nothing" Corvallis has enacted legislation to enforce a particular political view, ie, no plastic, charge for paper, favor cloth, tolerate nothing. Do you agree with this decision? Why?
What is the economic impact of your decision? Does the answer to this question depend on the region of the country you are from?
Which decision is more environmentally sound? Relevant issues might include biodegradability, space taken up in landfills, use of CFCs in manufacture of the product, deforestation and its effect on global warming, resources used in manufacture, etc.
What role should "convenience" play in your decision? Environmental impact? Geopolitical issues?, etc.?
What additional information do you need to make a more informed decision, if any? How would you get the information?

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One of the most frequently asked questions in our society regarding the environment is "Paper or plastic or cloth or nothing" Corvallis has enacted legislation to enforce a particular political view, ie, no plastic, charge for paper, favor cloth, tolerate nothing. Do you agree with this decision? No Why? The goal of not using plastic for the sake of the environment is an ideal goal if we lived in an ideal world. But we should not force one particular political view on the population which usually will result in backlash even to the extent of revolution.
What is the economic impact of your decision? Does the answer to this question depend on the region of the country you are from? The ...

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A discussion that centers around the use of paper or plastic or cloth with an environmentally safe perspective is included.

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