Despite looming economic collapse, the leftist fanatics running California remain resolute in their determination to remain at the cutting edge of the authoritarian moonbattery that is destroying the erstwhile Golden State. Their latest initiative is to ban Styrofoam:
Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California’s state 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 already are razor thin. … He expects his costs would more than double if the state requires him to use only biodegradable cartons.
The bill by Democratic state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, would prohibit restaurants, grocery stores and other vendors from dispensing food in expanded polystyrene containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, beginning in 2016. If signed into law, the measure would make California the first to institute a statewide ban on such containers. More than 50 California cities and counties already have similar bans.
As with all liberal initiatives, this will destroy jobs, both indirectly by raising the cost of doing business and directly:
Dart, one of two companies in California that make the Styrofoam products, employs about 600 people in the state. The company already makes the biodegradable alternative, but the two California plants are incapable of producing anything other than the Styrofoam material.
The main pretext for the ban is that some litter is made of Styrofoam. Never mind that the cardboard replacement containers will have to be doubled up to prevent food from melting through them, presumably resulting in twice as much litter.
Coming next: a ban on plastic.
If only Californians would leave their liberalism behind when they inevitably escape the bankrupt authoritarian hellhole they are making of their state, the damage could at least be contained.
On a tip from Ianto.