As if NYC mayor Bill de Blasio couldn’t be more hated by everybody, he now thinks it’s a good time to push for a ban on plastic foam containers, which is expected to go into effect this summer on July 1. If it does continue through, NYC would become the largest city to enact such Styrofoam bans. The claim by the mayor and fellow environmentalists is that the foam harms the environment, so the ban is apparently much needed. At least that is what they think.
He made the following remarks on Thursday.
These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives, and if more cities across the country follow our lead and institute similar bans, those alternatives will soon become more plentiful and will cost less. By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets and waterways, today’s announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City.
But restaurants aren’t happy about the decision, saying the ban would increase costs for them. The lobbying group, The Restaurant Action Alliance made the following remarks.
The decision to ban foam food service products, which comprise only 10 percent of polystyrene foam material, will send the remaining 90 percent to landfills at the taxpayers’ expense.
Of course, on the other hand, so-called experts are claiming that this ban would indeed improve the environment and make NYC greener, which is what the mayor wants.
Not only will plastic foam containers be banned, but apparently the law will prohibit selling packing peanuts in the city. Well, talk about a nanny state trying to control the lives of everyone. I guess de Blasio wasn’t impressed enough with Bloomberg’s soda ban, so now he’s trying to outdo him here.
Plus, other twitter users posed the question: Who is going to enforce this? Will it be the same police officers who de Blasio has pushed under the bus? These are the same officers who turned their back whenever they see the mayor, and rightfully so. He pushed his anti-police narrative when the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases took place, and now he expects his police officers to uphold this new law? Only time will tell.
Another question is this: Will this REALLY make that big of a difference? Apparently to leftists, it is always worth negatively affecting everyone, just to help improve one small section. This law is no different than the man-made climate change agenda. It is not about protecting the environment. It is about more government control and money, and it is how Al Gore got rich from passing his scam. If de Blasio really did care about the environment, he would know that we already have made improvements to the environment, through free enterprise and better technology. But this doesn’t matter to leftists because they ignore improvements and continue to push their man-made climate change agenda.
To me, this ban is just as ridiculous as the soda ban that was enacted when Bloomberg was mayor. NYC is becoming such a nanny state, it is making a liberal city like Chicago look relatively conservative. Now if these laws do go to court, and if the judges do their job correctly, they would strike down these bans as unconstitutional. I fear just to imagine what the next thing NYC will want to ban. Perhaps shoes? Clothes? Candy? Toys? The list is endless. If I’m a New Yorker, I would be outraged by the nanny state it has become. So here’s a message to all New York conservatives and Libertarians: Time to unite and get your state back to freedom and liberty.