If the American government was so concerned about cutting back on plastic pollution, how come this mandate wasn't instilled in certain parts of the U.S. years ago?
I could think of several reasons - one we are supposed to be a "free" country so that mandating anything can take quite a while to pass and often times (in my opinion correctly) is very difficult - you are weighing the country's basic rights of freedom with being eco-friendly so there should be solid evidence and support to take away any sort of freedom.
Second - money - yep the old dollar speaks volumes - how much will this cost? How much will businesses fight this if it costs them more money for an alternative? And will these businesses take $$$ support from those government officials proposing this ban?
And lastly- how to enforce? Does it make sense? Is it really helping the environment - will a replacement be less eco-friendly? What about all the existing plastic bags? What happens to businesses that currently produce plastic bags - do we shut them down - then what happens to these workers?
There are thousands of reasons why this could not happen immediately - Somewhere like China can change this immediately because the government runs everything and people and businesses have little or no input.