Have you read Monbiot's latest about placcy bags in the Guardian?
Being the most achingly trendy of warmenists, Monbiot is of course now way beyond worrying about placcy bags. He scorns greens who still worry about placcy bags, just as trendy music critics start hating bands as soon as everyone else begins liking them.
Personally I can see the sense in placcy bag-boycotting, because they are ultimately litter, and litter is an environmental problem that seems to me to be obviously a real problem, with an easy solution.
But anyway, the Monbiot piece is remarkable for this passage:
Don't get me wrong – I don't like plastic bags either. We use too many of them, just as we use too many of all the earth's resources....But their total impact is microscopic by comparison to almost anything else we do. As environment writer George Marshall records in his excellent book Carbon Detox, our annual average consumption of bags produces 5kg of carbon dioxide a year. Total average emissions are 12,500kg.
Monbiot, don't forget, is the man who has launched a campaign against Agas because of their carbon emissions. He doesn't seem to have spotted that his logic above undermines every single thing every warmenist has ever told us to do.