Sen Kamala Harris, D-California entered the CNN climate change marathon with her campaign worse for wear. After a boomlet that occurred after she beat Joe Biden up over school busing, an issue that has not been around since the 1970s, Harris has seen her poll numbers fall to the point that she is fifth or sixth in the rankings.
Harris had the opportunity to try to jump-start for her run for the presidency with her ideas about how to address climate change, a burning issue among Democratic voters. She did not have a coherent policy, unlike Bernie Sanders. She did have some interesting policy proposals.
According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Harris wants to ban plastic straws.
“Harris pointed to how the state of California had banned plastic bags and said there should be incentives against single-use plastics.
“Plastic straws a big thing. Do you ban plastic straws?” CNN moderator Erin Burnett asked.
“I think we should, yes. I’m going to be honest. It is difficult to drink out of a paper straw. Like if you don’t gulp it down immediately, it starts to bend and then the little thing catches it. We have to kind of perfect that one a little bit more,” Harris said.
“Innovation is a process … But you know, let’s encourage innovation. I think we can do a little better than some of those flimsy plastic straws, but we do need to ban the plastic straws,’ she added.”
Harris gets some kudos for admitting that paper straws don’t work. However, she wants to get rid of plastic straws anyway, which means that we will all have to burn our lips on cups of hot pumpkin spice latte. And if you happen to be disabled, forget about drinking anything without help.
In any case, the United States contribution to the plastic pollution of the ocean is dwarfed by what comes out of the Asian part of the Pacific Rim. Plastic straws are a tiny part of the plastic that is generated in the United States.
Sen. Harris is also against fracking, a technique that has made the United States a petroleum exporting nation and has created so much natural gas that electricity prices have plunged. The Washington Examiner also explains her thinking on the matter:
“Presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she supports banning the technique of fracking for natural gas to combat climate change.”
“There is no question I am in favor of banning fracking”’ Harris said during an all-night CNN town hall event focused on climate change.
“Harris suggested she would start by taking executive action on ‘day one’ to ban fracking on public lands and then move to have Congress pass legislation to extend the prohibition to private lands.”
It should be noted that fracked natural gas has allowed the United States to decrease its carbon footprint, as power plants that use it to replace coal-fired generators. Natural gas can also be used in carbon capture power plants, such as the one being tested in La Porte, Texas, that emit zero carbon dioxide.
Harris has also announced that she opposes the eating of meat. Newsweek notes that the senator says that we should reduce our consumption of red meat to save the Earth.
“California Sen. Kamala Harris is one of the top Democratic presidential candidates for the 2020 election, and at a climate change town hall on Wednesday, she said Americans must be more educated in their dietary habits to save the planet. This includes chowing down on cheeseburgers — though the senator confessed to still indulge in them now and then. At a marathon town hall on climate change with 10 Democratic hopefuls on CNN, Harris was asked by a woman in the audience if she would change dietary guidelines of Americans to combat global climate change, including the reduction of red meat consumption.”
Harris answered in the affirmative. She also opposes sugary soft drinks. She did not, however, propose a meat tax, as had Bernie Sanders.
Harris’s objection to the common people chowing down on steaks and hamburgers likely stems from provisions in the Green New Deal that call for the elimination of cattle. Cows belch methane, a greenhouse gas. Harris also thinks that too much red meat is unhealthy and thus, in the true nanny-state style, would see the government discourage its consumption.
Whether Sen. Harris’ approach that involves taking things away from people will boost her poll numbers remains to be seen, however.