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GOP Returns Plastic Utensils To Congress

A surprisingly balanced report from the New York Times:

Fight Waged With Forks Is Rejoined in Congress

March 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — Within the war between Republicans and Democrats over the federal spending rages an affray over disposable forks.

Under the tutelage of Representative Nancy Pelosi during the years when Democrats ran the House, her party moved to “green” the Capitol with several initiatives, including obligating the food vendor for the three main House cafeterias to provide compostable cups and utensils. But the newly empowered House Republicans have ended the program, and plastic forks and foam cups have returned.

The move enraged many Democrats, who argue that the House is now doing something bad for the environment and retrograde.

“If you look at the best companies to work for, nobody is questioning things like composting and recycling,” said Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, who wrote a letter this week to Speaker John A. Boehner to complain about the cut. Mr. Blumenauer’s letter — signed by some Democratic colleagues as well — also cited health concerns associated with plastic foam.

If you can make it all the way to the end of this article, you will learn that the GOP is still planning to recycle and burn the waste for energy, after all.

Republicans counter that the composting program cost too much and had limited environmental benefits, and that the compostable utensils were a bad deal for diners anyway because they could not stand up to hot soup and the heartier salad fixings.

“Contrary to the objective of the program,” said Salley Wood, the spokeswoman for Representative Dan Lungren of California, chairman of the House Administration Committee, who moved to end the program, composting “failed to produce significant savings in carbon emissions.” On that score, she said, the total savings were equal to taking one car off the road per year.

The program took $475,000 each year from the fees that the House collected from the food vendor, Restaurant Associates, between the materials, labor and costs of hauling refuse out

A half million dollars. For spoons that will not even stand up to soup. How perfectly typical.

Further, Ms. Wood added, the spoons would often dissolve in hot liquids, and forks and knives bent and snapped. “They could not penetrate lettuce,” she said, adding, “There were a substantial number of complaints.”

“This decision really embodies the new G.O.P. majority,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi of California, the former speaker. “More trash-talk and policies that take us backwards.”

Just who is being "retrograde" here? Is it ‘progress’ to have eating utensils that don’t work and which do nothing to help the environment?

Ms. Wood countered: “He’s trash-talking our trash-talk? We suspended the costly program based on the undisputable fact that it wasn’t working.” She added, “Is it environmental mediocrity at any price?” In fact, in December in a letter to the head of the Republican transition team, the departing chairman of the Administration Committee, Representative Robert A. Brady, Democrat of Pennsylvania, suggested ending the composting program because it was not cost-efficient.

Ms. Wood said that while the committee had found the composting program wasteful, it had come up with its own initiatives to “green” the cafeterias. At the Rayburn House Office Building, the cafeterias will soon begin to use reusable dinnerware, and the House will seek to have all of its solid waste sent to incinerator plants that create energy, rather than to landfills.

What children Democrats are. In all things, big and small.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “GOP Returns Plastic Utensils To Congress”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Even better, for those DC elites….Bring your own damned forks, knives and spoons. Wash them when you’re done and put them in your desk drawer. Cost savings and you get to use metal utensils instead of plastic.

  2. proreason says:

    “They could not penetrate lettuce,”

    There you go.

    Liberalism in 5 words

  3. JohnMG says:

    For Pelosi to comment on “greening” anything is the height of chutzpah. She who found it necessary to fly home in her ‘jumbo jet limousine’ every week has some real gall lecturing anyone on environmental concerns.

    For this reason, I find it increasingly hard to justify feeding these assholes at all.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    I would expect metal utensils if I had lunch with my Representaive or Senator.

    If they ate at my house they would use stainless steel.

    Going obsurd to illustrate the obsurd.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Libtards bitchin’ about one of their failed programs that they want to see stay?
    THIS is why they have to go……..stand by for other programs to fail in rapid succession.

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