The headline from Z100 New York reads “NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate.” The copy says this is an expansion Mayor de Blasio’s meatless Mondays. So, did Bill Capital Planet de Blasio ban hot dogs in the big rotting apple?
Almost. They are halfway there.
Last year the city of New York instituted a policy of no meat on Mondays in the entire City School system. The meatless Monday’s premise is sold to the public as a way to save the planet. Livestock ‘farming’ (they say) produces 20-50% of greenhouse gas emissions. I think they did it because they had to find someplace to cut costs.
Now, under the rubric of “an ambitious plan” called OneNYC2050, the
Democrat Socialists are promising to cut all red-meat used in city-run facilities by fifty percent.
Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.
De Blasio’s edict does not impact private concerns. Not yet. But it’s coming. The City of New York, under its recent string of far-left leaders, has proposed bans on sugary drinks and salt. Meat is obviously in the crosshairs. And they’ll keep saying it’s about the climate or the planet even as we continue our lurch into a modern solar minimum. The narrative will be that they are looking out for our well being (because we’re too stupid to make those choices on our own). And that’s the real point.
The climate narrative is no less about control than the one about diet. Betters forcing lifestyle choices down on the rest of us. Politicians using policy to advance the agenda.
The climate cults singular contribution is the government-directed forced redistribution of wealth. It has accomplished nothing else.
Cutting purchases of meat by 50% across all city-run facilities is sold as a health move or diverting a climate catastrophe, but the real reason is less noble. Democrat-run government wastes money and meat is expensive. To backfill other priorities meat will have to go.
So, don’t be surprised if next year, right around Earth Day, the city government bans “hot dogs” from public (state-run) facilities altogether. I’m not saying that’s not a good move, but the decision will have nothing to do with health or the environment. It will be about either money or control and probably both.