New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is spending $14 billion on a city-wide “Green New Deal” to save the planet, and one of the first courses of action is to cut out publicly funded hotdogs.
It’s literally no baloney.
“The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities,” according to KFI AM 640. “The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.”
And by adopted, the radio station means imposed by de Blasio, who attempted to provide the rational in a Twitter video touting the change’s supposed benefits for the environment.
Look — I like a good burger as much as the next guy. But our @NYCSchools students know that livestock farming produces 20 – 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why they demanded #MeatlessMondays. Saving our planet is about saving their future.#EarthDay pic.twitter.com/dWeHZ1m8nE
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 22, 2019
“Look – I like a good burger as much as the next guy. But our @NYCSchools students know that livestock farming produces 20 – 50% of greenhouse gas emissions,” de Blasio posted to Twitter. “That’s why they demanded #MeatlessMondays. Saving our planet is about saving their future. #EarthDay”
People Against the Ethical Treatment of Animals noted the cut to meat purchases is part of de Blasio’s broader OneNYC 2050 initiative, and while “there don’t appear to be any hard mandates in place to address OneNYC 2050’s meat-reduction initiatives” PETA nonetheless “applauds New York City’s efforts to reduce its meat consumption” because it aligns with the group’s goals to turn everyone into a vegan.
“The United Nations has stated that meat consumption must decrease by as much as 90% in order for us to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change,” PETA reports.
KFI AM 640 framed the city’s Green New Deal as a ban on hotdogs, sparking fierce backlash online, but the fabulous fact-checkers at Snopes.com swooped in to set the record straight, and basically confirm that’s the plan for folks who rely on government food.
Snopes pointed to the OneNYC 2050 plan as evidence the city didn’t ban hotdogs outright, but the referenced passage makes it clear restrictions in the name of climate change will eventually hit food businesses, as well.
“Through updates to our Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and executive action, we are ending the purchasing of unnecessary single-use plastic foodware, reducing the purchasing of beef, and phasing out the purchasing of processed meat,” according to the plan.
“The City is ending the purchasing of unnecessary single-use plastic foodware, switching to compostable, reusable, or recyclable alternatives while maintaining a sufficient supply of single-use plastic foodware for those who need it,” it reads. “And we will work with City Council to expand these requirements to private businesses.”
The move to cut red meat by 50 percent and eliminate processed meats is framed as a means to “offer health benefits to the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” it continues, but doesn’t currently apply to folks who can afford to buy their own hot dogs or the private vendors who sell them, at least for now.
The cuts to meat purchases is one of several provisions of de Blasio’s Green New Deal that are drawing criticism from business leaders who predict the plan will have “costly consequences” for New Yorkers.
Fox Business’ Stuart Varney spoke with NYC Councilman Joe Borelli, one of two out of 47 council members to oppose the plan, about how the scheme circumvents the will of the people to impose ridiculous requirements – such as the end of glass and metal skyscrapers – and massive fines for those who don’t comply.
“We have a city that’s diverse and beautiful, and yet the only class of people who’s never represented at the negotiating table are the taxpayers and the middle class who are gonna have to bear the burden of all these cockamamie things that Bill de Blasio and company propose,” Borelli said, noting that NYC already has “the lowest carbon emissions per capita” in comparison to other American cities.
“This is basically a solution in search of a problem,” Borelli said.
De Blasio’s vows comes as he’s also seeking to do something about skyscrapers, a staple of his city.
“The first of any major city on the Earth to say to building owners, ‘you’ve got to clean up your act, you’ve got to retrofit, you’ve got to save energy,’” he told MSNBC, according to Fox News. “If you don’t do it by 2030 there will be serious fines, as high as $1 million or more for the biggest buildings.”
He continued: “We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient. If someone wants to build one of those things they can take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient, but we’re not going to allow what we used to see in the past.