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April 25, 2019
California Wants to Add 1% Surcharge on Restaurant Bills to Combat Climate Change
Yes, yes, yes, I know it's "Crazyfornia" and the other 49 states aren't as stupid. Save maybe New York and the people of Florida. But like it or not, California is an "influencer" state. Stupid ideas have a tendency to seep out of the sunshine state like anal leakage. Now, the geniuses have come up with a new way to combat climate change: taking more money. I guess it's not new so much as it's as predictable as a Joe Biden neck kiss. Climate Alarmists want to add a 1% surcharge to restaurant bills in order to funnel that money to other people who just care more. But it's okay because they're using all the right buzz words. The plan is called Restore California Renewable Restaurants.
From CBS Sacramento:
Restaurant owners have the option of charging customers an additional 1% on their bills that would go to help stop climate change. Payments will be gathered by the California Air Resources Board and spent on implementing carbon plans on farms and ranches across California, boosting healthy soil, according to the Perrenial Farming Initiative.
"Spent on implementing carbon plans" is just fancy speak for paying our staff to create busy paperwork. At least in my opinion.
Here's my main issue with this idea: farmers and ranchers already know how to boost healthy soil, as it's in their best interest to have healthy soil. Farmers have healthy soil to grow the foods, ranchers healthy soil which grows grass to feed the moo cows. We can argue about how certain crops are better or worse for the environment, sure, but the Restore California Renewable Restaurants reads like a money laundering scam.
Then there's the idea of paying, even more, to dine out, in a state which is already holding people down as it raids their wallets. Residents are none too pleased.
“Well I live in California and I don’t know if you know this or not it’s pretty freaking expensive here. One percent to somebody who doesn’t make that much money ain’t a lot but it’s a lot more than they have,” resident Mike Mattingly said.
I have another idea. People who want to donate to the California Air Resources Board can write their own check, and not be charged when they dine out. Even though, according to the article, the 1% surcharge can be removed if you ask it to be removed. But that's a sneaky way of adding it in hopes people will be to chicken to duck out of the charge, or simply fail to see it.
There's a trend at play here, climate alarmists think the only way to solve climate change is with your money. More of your money, to be blunt. It's not enough to change behaviors or recycle some cans. No, you need to shell out your cash "for the planet."