(National Sentinel) Tyrannical: The far Left’s religious-like belief in human-caused “global warming” and “climate change” has led many to adopt some of the most ridiculous rules and regulations you can imagine.
But none has been quite as ridiculous — and authoritarian — as a new ordinance passed by the city of Santa Monica, Calif.
The city council just passed, by unanimous vote, a law criminalizing the use of plastic or biodegradable straws.
Yes — now, if a waiter or bartender hands a straw to a customer, he or she faces six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
As National Review reports:
Santa Barbara’s ordinance “is likely the most severe straw ban in the country,” according to Reason, but it’s far from the only straw ban. Seattle banned plastic straws earlier this month, mandating a $250 fine for violators.
Santa Barbara, however, has gone much further than Seattle — even aside from the harsher punishments its law imposes. Santa Barbara has banned not only plastic straws, but also compostable straws.
Oh, and each individual straw counts as a separate infraction, meaning that if someone got busted handing out straws to a table of four people, he or she could end up facing years behind bars.
Wow! Straws must really be a massive threat to the environment, right?
Wrong. In fact, thrown-away straws have a negligible impact on the environment, at best:
As Reason notes, straws represent only 0.02 percent of the amount of plastic waste that is estimated to go into the ocean each year. What’s more, the United States is responsible for only about 1 percent of the total amount of plastic waste that’s in the ocean overall.
All things considered, this new ordinance isn’t going to be making a real dent in the problem it’s intended to solve — but it could create some harm. As Reason explains, straw bans could end up having a negative impact on disabled people who cannot drink without them.
What’s more, because this is a city in far-Left California, you just know these ordinances are going spread like wildfire.
And here we thought the far Left was all about “prison reform.”