Do Seattle Voters Hate the Environment?

Chris Field
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Posted: Aug 19, 2009 8:47 AM
Looks like the "green" convictions of Seattle-ites are not really that deeply held.

Even Seattle liberals are willing to place their personal economic concerns ahead of the environment.
Seattle voters firmly rejected Referendum 1, which would have made Seattle the first city in the nation to go after both plastic and paper shopping bags.

The defeat — 58 percent to 42 percent, with more than half of the expected votes counted — means an ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council last year will not take effect. Had Referendum 1 passed, grocers, convenience marts and drugstores would have charged shoppers 20 cents for each bag they were provided at checkout counters.