Jamie Whyte writes for The Telegraph

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on the proposal for plastic straws to be banned.

In the article Jamie argues that many people care about the environment enough to forgo the pleasure of drinking from a plastic straw in order to protect the biosphere. Others, let’s suppose, do not. They won’t choose to stop using straws. Nor should they, because the upside of their pleasure exceeds the downside to the environment as valued by them. That’s not quite right, because I haven’t counted the harm these straw-suckers do to other people who care about the environment. But we can account for that by taxing plastic straws.

Read the full article here. (££)