Ditching the use of plastic straws would help protect our marine animal friends like sea turtles, albatross, and various fishes in the sea. So in September 2018, California signed a bill to help reduce plastic waste that is clogging our shores.
Various restaurants are doing their part by offering sustainable alternatives like straws made out of recycled paper, while some establishments encourage putting lips to cups.
The new policy didn’t sip well with Congressman Devin Nunes.
Recently, the Representative for California’s 22nd congressional district interacted with a waitress who was obligated to ask all customers if they want straws, citing the policy was instituted by “The Straw Police.”
Sensing a threat to our nation, the climate change denier tweeted, “Welcome to Socialism in California!”, in response.
“At restaurant tonight waitress asks if we want straws. Says she has to ask now in fear of “THE STRAW POLICE”. Welcome to Socialism in California!”
At restaurant tonight waitress asks if we want straws. Says she has to ask now in fear of “THE STRAW POLICE”. Welcome to Socialism in California!
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) March 10, 2019
Nunes’s reputation for denying climate change in a state known for its progressive stance on the environment is perplexing. When California was suffering from the worst drought in the state’s history, the Republican dismissed global warming as “nonsense” in a 2014 interview.
He blamed California’s water crisis on the federal government for shutting off and redirecting portions of the state’s water irrigation system towards a program for freshwater salmon, according to the New York Times.
“There was plenty of water. This has nothing to do with drought. They can blame global warming all they want, but this is about mathematics and engineering.”
So what is the Congressman doing, representing CA?
If you don't like California, why don't you move to Iowa where your family's farm relocated to?
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) March 10, 2019
Seriously, the amount you complain about the state you are literally elected to represent is shocking.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) March 10, 2019
Yes. Its an environmental issue. But he disingenuously frames it as a socialist one. And somehow gets 20k likes… because they either don't understand the difference or applaud his effort to conflate the issue.
— McGill (@TheeAndyMcGill) March 10, 2019
For people who care about our planet, his ridiculous analogy was the last straw.
Single use plastic such as straws, plastic soda cups and cutlery represents the greatest source of plastic pollution which was the focus of last year's United Nations World Environment Day which is held annually on the 5th of June.
So yeah the "Straw Police" are a good thing.
— Anthony Ashburton (@PebusPebus) March 10, 2019
So you have to ask for a straw. You prefer to just be given free stuff like straws? Isn't that what you think socialism is? Or maybe you'd like a form of fascism where it is compulsory for everyone to have to purchase straws from the Trump Straw Co.
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) March 10, 2019
Here is a defining moment for socialism.
I'll take socialism any day over trumpism. pic.twitter.com/X2PRIvVi3q
— Julie (@JulieBruneau10) March 11, 2019
Lordy Moses. Is recycling socialism? Is social security socialism? Are child labor laws socialism? Is putting content on food packaging socialism?
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) March 10, 2019
✔ income taxes
✔ property taxes
✔ mandatory car insurance
✔ the NFIP
✔ public schools
✔ police and fire departments
✔ all branches of the military
✔ municipal ISPs
✔ public libraries
✔ blood banks
✔ roads, bridges and dams
— Madam Speaker is a badass boss ???????? ✊ (@UnabashedMisfit) March 10, 2019
Anything that interferes with Republicans making money is socialism!
— bertiemcn (@bertiemcn) March 11, 2019
Mr. Nunes, you are a miserable disappointment to your oath of office.
Now, you have failed as a story teller, and especially, where you are trying desperately to make a point that is as tenuously attached to your story as you are to ethics.
We hope you lodge with Mr. Manafort.
— Immigration.Com #Resist (@immigrationcom) March 10, 2019
Twitter didn’t forget that as a Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Nunes obstructed the investigation into Russian collusion.
Shouldn't you be putting your affairs in order TRAITOR?
You know at least one of those "sealed"indictments has YOUR name on it
I'm guessing #ObstructionOfJustice though Conspiracy to Commit Crimes against US certainly highly probable too#MuellerKnowsEverything pic.twitter.com/Gi3rydwj50
— Stop Putin Now! (@SueinRockville) March 10, 2019
Congressman: Nunes hid evidence on Trump and Russian meddling https://t.co/d8CZ4WljuT
— Brad Craig (@Sir_Bradford) March 10, 2019
Let’s not forget the real issue here.
It has nothing to do with socialism or the economy. It has to do with stewardship of our planet. This crap is filling our oceans and contaminating and killing the marine life.
— Jeanne Phipps (@momwholuvsjovi) March 10, 2019
And crap like Nunez are filling up and contaminating Congress.
— Raju Jairam (@RajuJairam) March 11, 2019
I still find it strange that "conservatives" have no interest whatsoever in conserving the environment
— The Rational Eye (@RationalEye) March 10, 2019
Americans use 500 million straws every single day, according to 1millionwomen.com. Single-use plastic straws do not entirely break down and pile up in landfills and wind up in our oceans by the thousands, and the easiest way to address the issue is to simply not use them and opt for plastic straw replacements such as reusable bamboo or stainless steel straws.
Newsweek clarified that, under the new law, full-service restaurants must ask patrons if they want straws, but it doesn’t necessarily constitute an outright ban. Fast food restaurants and convenience stores are exempt from enforcing the policy.
As for the Congressman’s preference? It’s obvious he would rather just suck.