Why are so many of California's "solutions" based on assigning
responsibility to parties who have no control? If you think this is a great
idea, consider how it can be applied to YOU. You sell a car which is involved
in an accident a year later and both insurance companies and law enforcement
come after YOU. You sell items at a garage sale which are found thrown by the
side of a road some months later and YOU are fined and made responsible for the
clean-up. Is this a precedent we really want to have set? Canada is at least
on the right track. A fine for littering starts at $500. Exorbitant?
Don't want to pay? Don't litter. Apply the same principle to
industrial poluters - the very first infraction is too painful to contemplate,
so no ocean dumping. Of course that would require rational government
enforcement, which is often in short supply.
@ Jefferson: Nothing in the proposed legislation indicates any potential for
your scenarios. The legislation merely asks producers to reduce the amount of
waste they include with their products.