New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just unveiled his own version of the Green New Deal, full of lofty promises to reverse global warming. One in particular is irritating New Yorkers: banning hot dogs and processed meat in city facilities. As if keeping people from enjoying a hot dog at the baseball field could singlehandedly stave off the End of Days.
New York City’s mayor and city council are dead wrong on climate change. The United Nations’ own data models, which are traditionally used by the Left to hyperventilate about catastrophic environmental destruction, project that total elimination of U.S. emissions by 2030 would cut global temperatures by just 0.053°C in 2050. That’s five one-hundredths of a degree.
Neither banning hot dogs nor getting rid of fossil fuels altogether — even if it were fiscally feasible — would change the Earth’s temperature.
It’s unfortunate for the largest city in America that green dreams appear more important to its leaders than real environmental science and data. Whatever the city’s future, New York should lighten up and let its residents enjoy a hot dog or two.
Katie Tahuahua is Life:Powered’s communications manager. She previously served in two gubernatorial administrations and the Texas House of Representatives.