Canyon Bottle Ban. Or Not.
This interesting NY Times article discusses an erstwhile plan to ban bottles in the Grand Canyon. The article, by Felicity Barringer, opens by saying:
Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation. [italicized text denotes a quotation from the article]
The sequence of events certainly raises questions about the ability of industry to influence public policy, if in a small way. Try the article and draw your own conclusions. Please leave your thoughts in a comment.