Banning plastic straws is among the latest environmental fads of the Left, and it’s impossible to resist pointing out just how much this one sucks.
While one jurisdiction has imposed penalties as high as six months in jail and a $1000 fine for serving a straw with a drink in a restaurant, another jurisdiction – San Francisco – is planning to ban straws, carry-out containers and wrappers. The utter futility of the gestures is dwarfed by their hypocrisy.
San Francisco has today become a city with conditions worse than that in many impoverished third-world nations. Human feces lies on every block of the city, drug addicts openly shoot up on the streets in public, and the city dispenses hundreds of thousands of free needles also littering the streets. Poverty and homelessness abounds. In the midst of all this, its new mayor apparently believes that ‘education’ will solve the problem.
As it undeservedly adopts a moral high ground in condemning ‘plastic refuse,’ the Left simultaneously celebrates and perpetuates the human refuse in its wake. Such is the plastic politics of pollution.
Indeed, as Danielle and Robert illustrate, plastic and pollution are two separate things. Pollution is the result of irresponsible human activity; plastic is inert and has played a huge role in the improvement of human life on this planet.
The global evidence is clear. The more Left is the nation, the worse its regard for the environment. 95% of the ocean’s plastic pollution originates from the world’s most collectivist nations, not from the relatively individualistic societies of North America, Australia or Western Europe.
In appearing to fight plastic pollution, the Left is only doing what it always does – fighting against the very condition known to have actually reduced pollution – capitalism.
Only when this environmental hypocrisy is clearly understood, will it be possible to reduce pollution in a way that is Just Right.