Okay – I am exaggerating. Banning Tide Pods won't become THE top New York crime legislation this year. But some New York city council members want them banned anyway. If you can't solve REAL problems, the just go for the low hanging fruit . . . er pods? (see link below).
And it's not just Tide brand. About half the laundry detergent in America is now sold in pods. Something about avoiding waste, preventing excessive phosphates from entering the watershed, and easier for stoners to use than a giant box of powder. Win-win-win?
The problem, according to Council Member James Gennaro is that those pods produce “forever plastics.” Um . . . he doesn't cite any evidence, though. In fact, the US Government completely disagrees with New York. Both the EPA (environmental protection agency) and the Department of Agriculture have given pods a clean bill of health. Pods are described as a “safer choice” . . . compared to dumping a cupful of powder into your Maytag top loader.
If pods are outlawed, only outlaws will have pods! But what should people use, if pods become illegal? The city of New York hasn't yet figured that out, which shouldn't be surprising. Council member Gennaro is not a scientist. In fact, his previous occupation was (drumroll) . . . Political Science instructor at Queens College. Yeah . . . I know . .. killer credentials, eh? Having a poli-sci degree is probably the only thing more ridiculous than larding up all our federal, state, and local government agencies with lawyers.
Anti-pod activists are demanding action now. They are energized by snapshots of plastic debris on beaches, and recent reports of micro-plastics in seawater. The only problem is . . . those particles DO NOT come from pods. They come exactly how you'd expect – from drink bottles, food wrappers, styrofoam shipping "peanuts", zip lock baggies . . .
Plastics in general do have problems. But this is why we have agencies like the EPA . . . so that the public can't be stampeded, and by politicians can't ban things without proper analysis. Remember the time some practical joker got half of congress to agree on a ban of “Dihydrogen monoxide?” Completely legit statistics were produced showing that DHM was deadly in ANY form. As a gas, it might sear your lungs. As a liquid, it can also stop your breathing if it enters your lungs. As a solid, it causes death of human tissue, requiring amputation if exposure is prolonged. Half of congress signed up. Then it was revealed that Dihydrogen Monoxide is one of the scientific names for H20 – water. In fact, water IS hazardous to breathe as live steam, or if you attempt to breathe underwater, or walk barefoot across a glacier. Egg on a lot of political faces.
Let's leave this sort of thing to credentialed scientists, instead of having random politicians in various cities try to ram through local ordinances at odds with legitimate federal regulations. No matter how much street cred those local politicians think they are getting in an election year.
I'm just sayin' . . .
New York City Is Considering a Laundry Pods Crackdown (msn.com)