Check your restaurant bill: ‘Voluntary’ surcharge to combat climate change

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restaurant serverPeople eating at restaurants in California may soon notice an extra fee.

Beginning this fall, eateries participating in the “Restore California Renewable Program” will add one percent to a customer’s bill. Funds from that surcharge will reportedly go to help farmers capture carbon-dioxide and therefore combat alleged “man-made climate change” or global warming.

For now, the extra fee is optional – but it comes as the State of California is taking steps to reduce emissions from man’s burning of fossil fuels and to encourage dietary changes that involve less meat consumption. The concern is that Californians’ ways of living are resulting in rising temperatures and bigger, more powerful storms.

“This is an inevitable result of all this rhetoric and parts of the Green New Deal and the whole climate agenda,” states Climate Depot‘s Marc Morano, a skeptic of catastrophic man-made climate change. “They have been pushing for lifestyle changes with eating; and in New York City, they’re now trying to ban hot dogs, processed meats.”

As for farmers capturing carbon dioxide, Morano calls that “technological boondoggle nonsense.”

“They wouldn’t even be able to make enough difference in the level of emissions, let alone any impact on temperature or climate,” he argues, “but you will feel an impact in the pocketbooks by people eating out.”

credit card swipeAnthony Myint, a restaurant owner interviewed by USA Today, says his establishment has been adding an optional three-percent surcharge to its bills since last summer. “Across the country, restaurants are an $800 billion business and represent 1 in 10 U.S. workers, which is too much money and people to not be part of the solution,” he said.

According to Myint, no one has opted out of the surcharge.