The eco-weenies on the California legislature will respond to these concerns by saying, “More evidence that American business hates the environment.”

From the Boston Globe:

SACRAMENTO – Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California’s Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins are razor thin.

BJ’s Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California’s farm country, uses about 26,000 of the 9-inch foam clamshells a year, mostly for takeout by the customers who come in for the restaurant’s popular breakfast omelets.

“We put cheese on those omelets. And when we put the cheese on, it’s really hot and bubbly and it goes right through the biodegradable stuff,’’ he said. He said he expects his costs would more than double if the state requires him to use only biodegradable cartons.

The bill by state Senator Alan Lowenthal, a Democrat, would prohibit restaurants, grocery stores, and other vendors from dispensing food in expanded polystyrene containers beginning in 2016.

If signed into law, the measure would make California the first to institute a statewide ban on such containers.

It’ll harm the state’s economy, which is already mortally wounded, and why? To save the world from global warming using a method that might be worse than the original problem:

Research from North Carolina State University shows that so-called biodegradable products are likely doing more harm than good in landfills, because they are releasing a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down.

“Eco-loons: Proudly promoting the Law of Unintended Consequences since the 1970.”

Obligatory clip: George Carlin on “saving the planet” from styrofoam and plastic bags:


8 Responses to “Businesses Say California’s ‘War on Styrofoam Terror’ Could Cost Them”

  1. Marshall_Will on August 30th, 2011 12:35 pm

    Is this really a freaking priority right now? What arrogance. The CA State Legislature looks more ridiculous than Det. Drebbin at a Chinese fireworks factory, they're technically INSOLVENT and yet they're -still- "pushing The Agenda".

    And there's such an uneven application of environmental law. The local Asian Mart Mrs. Will gets all her fish and rice at is an ecological MENACE..! They're nice enough people but the parking lot gets swept by their 90 y.o grandfather ( keep it UP Pops! ) they have STACKS of old car batteries and flourescent tubes out back.

    The styrofoam coolers the fish arrive in are left to their own devices for years at a time and no one sez JACK! It's in a rundown part of town, mostly minority so they're not even on the radar. Perhaps they ARE being Fined/Threatened/Sued but I doubt it. Where's the balance, where's the common SENSE!?

  2. Granny55 on August 30th, 2011 2:00 pm

    Will, there is no such thing as common sense on the left anymore. How many of these articles do we see everyday? Lots of them. I am almost amazed at the stupidity of it as well…….shaking my head at it so many times in one day I almost feel like I am having a seizure.

  3. SignPainterGuy on August 30th, 2011 2:05 pm

    When I was a kid, Cali was THE place to be. (No, I`ve never been there) It was the state that allowed liberties like nowhere else. Opportunities thru the roof. Something changed. Overdosed on freedom I guess.

    So now they want to ban styrofoam food containers. Are people supposed to bring their own "non-disposable" containers to take out their food orders ? Like the recycled-paper shopping bags we are encouraged to bring to the grocery store? A few days ago, I saw a woman with a couple on each arm (no cart), until she got to check out. There the clerk unloaded those bags and the bag boy put her purchases in plastic bags and placed them into a cart, stuffed the nifty recycled-paper shopping bags into the child-seat and off she went to her car.

    Missed the point and got the process backward to boot ! Keep your eyes open folks, there`s comedy everywhere !

  4. Dexter_Alarius on August 30th, 2011 3:22 pm

    When your economy is on its knees, that's the time to whack it on the back of its head with a 2×4. ~ LeftyLogic

  5. Marshall_Will on August 30th, 2011 3:32 pm

    I was thinking shovel but 2X4 works? Having grown up in Chicago, I mean c'mon, what comes next? Dig & Bury, right?

    Tamp tamp. Brush lightly and scatter leaves and debris to.., give it a more natural look. Voila!

  6. Marshall_Will on August 30th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Excellent point. My guess is these coded, encrypted messages are broadcast out to let their maniacal 'base' know they're still "on task". What a joke.

    Yeah uh… we had to let you go from your do-nothing shoulda' been replaced by an ATM machine 15 years ago 'job' AND… your Unenjoyment is now 9.9 Weeks ( from the former 99 ) AND… that um, 'pension'? We need to talk about that.

    BUT..! Just look what we're doing for the Environment! Thanks for a lifetime of mindless support , acceptance of progressively reduced freedoms and your PEU -forced- donations!

  7. SignPainterGuy on August 30th, 2011 4:28 pm

    So, cement over-shoes was too, ……1950s ?

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