By Post Editorial Board
“We don’t want to hurt businesses in the city and we don’t want to hurt the environment. So, let’s see if we can find a way to get the resolutions we’re looking for,” Mayor Eric Adams hedged Monday on the Pizza War.
That implies that he knows the city Department of Environmental Protection’s climate war on coal- and wood-fired pizza ovens is ridiculous, but doesn’t want to annoy the greens by saying so.
Problem is, mindless green mandates are swiftly moving from annoying the rest of us to causing serious damage.
Yes, Local Law 38 in 2015 tasked DEP with writing regs on emission control to cut restaurant “cook stove” odors, smoke and particulate matter by 75%.
But the bureaucrats held off for eight years; couldn’t they have kept on stalling?
The pizza “menace” comes from under 100 restaurants. And, as Marc Morano points out for The Post, such ovens’ carbon footprint “is barely measurable”: It’d take one 849 years to equal a year’s carbon emissions from US climate envoy John Kerry’s private jet.
Like so much of the green fight to “save” Mother Earth, this effort is far more performative than substantive.
Back in 2015, Kerry himself confessed that “if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse-gas emissions, guess what — that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.”
Yet lawmakers across the West persist in this charade, including endless demands for electrification (of motor vehicles, stoves, heat and so much more) even though electricity still comes overwhelmingly from burning carbon fuels (and will for the foreseeable future).
Demanding this lets politicians posture as green heroes — but only until the rules actually start hitting home. Here’s hoping the battle of the pizzerias proves a turning point in ending this climate theater.
Adams could lead the way by standing up for New York’s slices against the green goons.