Climate warriors in New York, who banned gas stoves and furnaces from most new buildings across the state, are now coming after pizza ovens.
The New York Post reports new rules were drafted by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that could order nearly 1,700 pizzerias across five boroughs to reduce carbon emissions by 75%. One city official said about 100 pizzerias could be impacted.
"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," DEP spokesman Ted Timbers wrote in a statement Sunday. He continued:
"This common-sense rule, developed with restaurant and environmental justice groups, requires a professional review of whether installing emission controls is feasible."
The rule could require pizzerias with coal-and-wood-fired ovens built before 2016 to purchase emission-control scrubbers that cost tens of thousands of dollars to stay compliant.
"Oh yeah, it's a big expense!" Paul Giannone, the owner of Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint, told NYPost.
Giannone said, "It's not just the expense of having it installed, it's the maintenance. I got to pay somebody to do it, to go up there every couple of weeks and hose it down and you know do the maintenance."
He added the air filter is "expensive, and it's a huge hassle."
Another restaurateur said, who requested anonymity, said negotiations are underway with DEP officials on whether some pizzerias might be able to be grandfathered or exempt from the mandate.
He was very clear that politicians better stop messing with their crust:
"This is an unfunded mandate and it's going to cost us a fortune not to mention ruining the taste of the pizza totally destroying the product."
"If you f—k around with the temperature in the oven you change the taste. That pipe, that chimney, it's that size to create the perfect updraft, keeps the temp perfect, it's an art as much as a science. You take away the char, the thing that makes the pizza taste great, you kill it."
32-year-old Brooklyn Heights resident, and pizza lover, Saavi Sharma added:
"I'm all for responsible environmental practice but tell Al Gore to take one less private jet or something. Give me a break! I've been bragging about this pizza to my family for like five years. Don't mess with this!"
Even Elon Musk, the 'green' savior singlehandedly responsible for ushering in electric vehicles, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure at the proposed rules.
"This is utter bs. It won't make a difference to climate change," he tweeted.
This is utter bs. It won’t make a difference to climate change.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 26, 2023
Climate warriors aren't just angering everyday people by banning gas stoves, but now they have pissed off NYC's Little Italy. Their agenda to decarbonize the economy is hurting ordinary people while those who tout the environment on world stages fly in private jets and sail in superyachts.