Obnoxious Nanny-Stater Now Seeks to Ban Styrofoam

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 at 8:05 am
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Here’s a novel idea: Can we ban annoying, meddling  politicians who overstay their welcome?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has fought against smoking, big sugary drinks and salty food during his tenure, is setting his sights on a new foe: Styrofoam.

Bloomberg plans to use part of his Thursday State of the City address to push for a ban on Styrofoam food packaging. He also will call for initiatives that would increase the number of parking spaces for electric cars and begin recycling more plastics and food waste

“One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never bio-degrades is Styrofoam … something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint,” Bloomberg will say, according to excerpts of the speech obtained by The Associated Press.

He said his administration would work with the City Council to ban Styrofoam food packaging from stores and restaurants.

Forget the cost and inconvenience to business, King Bloomberg has now declared another legal product shall be banished!

Bloomberg also said that the city would install curbside electric vehicle chargers that would let drivers recharge in 30 minutes and that his administration would work with the City Council to change the city’s building code so that up to 20 percent of new public parking spaces are wired for electric cars, with the goal of creating 10,000 spaces for electric cars over the next seven years.

“(We’ll) make New York City a national leader in electric vehicles,” Bloomberg said.

Sure you will. So in a few years what you’ll be seeing is thousand of empty spaces and people  driving around in desperate search for a parking space. It’s not as if Bloomberg has ever had to suffer the indignity of looking for a place to park.

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4 Responses to “Obnoxious Nanny-Stater Now Seeks to Ban Styrofoam”

  1. Alberta Oil Peon on 14/14/13 at 11:27 am

    (Puts on Karnak the Magnificent Turban)

    I see a thriving cottage industry for making stealth gasoline cars out of broken-down electrics. Rip out the bricked battery, rip out the electric drive train, and install a small and very well-muffled gas engine. Or maybe just reduce the battery to a minimal size, and install an on-board gasoline genset to make a series hybrid.

    These kludges wouldn’t be fast, but they would be quiet, and they’d get their owners access to all the primo parking places reserved for electrics. Of course you couldn’t be seen fueling them up at gas stations, so you’d have to buy gas in a 5-gallon can and carry it to fill the car in secret.

  2. Advo on 14/14/13 at 12:15 pm

    Can someone give this guy something useful to do? Maybe get him a reflective vest, a sharp stick, and a trashbag to put litter in?

    And pull in that Cuomo guy, too.

  3. Surellin on 14/14/13 at 12:56 pm

    I have a theory. Hizzoner Bloomberg is, reputedly, a diminuitive man. Perhaps he banned large pop bottles because they make him seem small by comparison. Same for styrofoam cups – they’re thicker than paper cups and therefore harder for tiny hands. I’m admittedly still working on the salt thing.

    Oh, and he doesn’t need to fret about the non-bio-degradability of styrofoam – the stuff burns just fine.

  4. Elder on 14/14/13 at 2:08 pm

    The mayor’s assertion that styrofoam is impossible to recycle is nonsense. In reality, expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) and polystyrene are both easily recyclable. The process is simple and cost effective. The problem is not the process, the problem, like most recycling programs, if getting users to participate. So like most do-gooders, paving their way to Hell, the mayor wants to punish the manufacturers of legal, inexpensive products because end users are irresponsible.