(National Sentinel)Â 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 — andÂ authoritarian — as a new ordinance passed by the city of Santa Monica, Calif.
The city council just passed,Â byÂ unanimous vote, a lawÂ criminalizing the use ofÂ plastic or biodegradable straws.
Yes — now, if a waiter or bartender hands aÂ straw to a customer, he or sheÂ facesÂ six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
AsÂ National Review reports:
Santa Barbaraâ€™s ordinance â€œis likely the most severe straw ban in the country,â€ according toÂ Reason, but itâ€™s far from theÂ onlyÂ straw ban. Seattle banned plastic strawsÂ earlier this month, mandating a $250 fine for violators.
Santa Barbara, however, has gone much further than Seattle â€” 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 facingÂ yearsÂ behind bars.
Wow! Straws mustÂ really be aÂ massive threat to the environment, right?
Wrong. In fact, thrown-away straws have aÂ negligible impact on the environment, at best:
AsÂ ReasonÂ notes, straws represent only 0.02 percent of the amount of plastic waste that is estimated to go into the ocean each year. Whatâ€™s more, the United States is responsible for only about 1 percent of the total amount of plastic waste thatâ€™s in the ocean overall.
All things considered, this new ordinance isnâ€™t going to be making a real dent in the problem itâ€™s intended to solve â€” but it could create some harm. AsÂ ReasonÂ 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,Â you just know these ordinances are going spread like wildfire.
And hereÂ we thoughtÂ the far LeftÂ was all about “prison reform.”Â