Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Water, Stem Cells, and San Francisco

In the debate over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, individuals sometimes wrongly refer to a "ban" on such research. Actually, it is a ban on federal funding of stem cell lines created after a certain date in 2001.

To be fair, we should apply the same scrutiny to a claimed "ban" on bottled water in San Francisco. Read this story (excerpted below) and decide for yourself.

Newsom's executive order bars city departments, agencies and contractors from using city funds to serve water in plastic bottles and in larger dispensers when tap water is available.

"In San Francisco, for the price of one 1 gallon (3.8 litres) of bottled water, local residents can purchase 1,000 gallons (38,000 litres) of tap water," according to the mayor's order.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Derek said...

As a San Franciscan and someone who was paying for city political hacks to drink bottled water, I think Newsom's order is fantastic. But it's not a "ban".

June 26, 2007 8:51 PM  

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