Hot dogs may become harder to find following the approval of New York City’s version of the Green New Deal as local politicians pick of the sword to take on climate change.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) slapped his signature on his city’s blueprint for combatting climate change. Following in the footsteps of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the city passed a Green New Deal to mobilize the city’s resources to combat climate change.
Unfortunately for hot dog lovers, the plan includes a goal of eliminating processed meat from all city-owned property.
According to NYC’s Green New Deal, hot dogs must go if New Yorkers want to maintain a “livable climate.” The plan details the city’s goal of “reducing the purchasing of beef and phasing out the purchasing of processed meat” from all city-owned facilities.
Similar to Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to “fully get rid of farting cows,” New York City aims to reduce the need for cows because of their production of the greenhouse gas methane.
As IJR previously reported, this is not the first time that meats have been on the chopping block for New York City, as they also implemented “meatless Mondays” for all public school lunches.
In addition to the cut-back on hot dogs, New York also plans to tackle the problem of plastic pollution by eliminating single-use produces, like straws and plastic dinnerware. While the hot dog ban will be limited to just city facilities, the single-use plastic ban will be citywide.
“Single-use plastic foodware — including straws, cutlery, cups, plates, bowls, and trays — are designed to be used once and then thrown away. These petroleum-based products are a threat to our neighborhoods, waterways, and climate. 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. And we will work with City Council to expand these requirements to private businesses.”
Beyond the kitchen, NYC’s Green New Deal includes a ban on certain types of skyscrapers, a move that left many scratching their heads.
De Blasio’s version of the Green New Deal will cost New York City taxpayers $14 billion dollars, which is a bargain compared to the $93 trillion dollar sticker price for the nationwide plan.