“Give us pizza or give us death,” the restaurant owner in the video above chanted while throwing pizza slices at City Hall. You have to love a New Yorker’s delivery. We heard about what happened over tea. While not a tax, the government is now telling New York pizzerias that they must cut down on emissions by 75%. This means restaurants that have been in business for over 100 years will be forced to change their coal and wooden oven methods. The pizza will not taste the same, and NYC pizza is a top culinary item that tourists and locals consume. Anyone who has ever visited NY has asked me to go for pizza — it is a staple in the city.
I reported in May that New York state approved a ban on gas stoves under a $229 BILLION budget plan to combat nature. New buildings under seven stories will be prohibited from using gas stoves by 2026, and taller buildings will face the same ban in 2029. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer insisted this was merely a MAGA conspiracy theory before the law was approved. We are slowly losing our freedoms in the name of climate change. These restrictions are happening so rapidly that many do not see how much we’re set to sacrifice. They are coming down harshly on the food we consume from banning gas stoves to implementing cultivated meat.
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman Ted Timbers said the law is “common sense.” “All New Yorkers deserve to breathe healthy air and wood and coal-fired stoves are among the largest contributors of harmful pollutants in neighborhoods with poor air quality.” Anyone who has visited NYC can tell you that the air pollutants are not due to “Big Pizza” burning ovens all day. They are only targeting about 100 restaurants that somehow have the power to pollute the air of the entire city. That is absolutely absurd and has never been a problem before the climate zealots came along.
Some restaurant owners have already installed air filters that cost tens of thousands. The additional costs are passed down to the consumer, and the pizza is not the same. “Regulation after regulation puts more pressure on us and makes it difficult to do business, particularly now with the cost of labor has gone up, the cost of the goods we have to buy to produce our products – it’s just making it more difficult,” one restaurant owner told Fox News.
Does New York want to repel small businesses entirely? They ruined small businesses with COVID lockdowns. Then numerous businesses in all five boroughs never reopened after the government-approved BLM protests burned down sections of the city. They tax small businesses to the brim and make it difficult to operate. The Soros-appointed DA Alvin Bragg has all but legalized crime, and shoplifting has become a serious issue for these mom-and-pop stores that cannot recoup the losses. It is a shame how quickly poor policies can dismantle a once great city.