Watch interview of Climate Depot’s Morano on Fox News here.
Background reading on Congressional green cutlery controversy:
LA Times: Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Green the Capitol initiative is over at the House’s Longworth cafeteria. — ‘The GOP has succeeded in short order in one critically important venture: getting rid of the “compostable” cornstarch-based knives, forks and spoons that were a universally — and bipartisanly — hated feature of the House cafeteria operation. The tableware, the color of mucus and as bendable as a pocket watch in a Salvador Dali painting (and thus unable to pierce any foodstuff firmer than the innards of Brie cheese), was the most visible manifestation of recently deposed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Green the Capitol initiative. That was her carbon-cutting effort to use the food-service and other House operations to fight global warming and a host of other perceived environmental, health and social ills. During the lunchtime rush, you could observe dozens of staffers struggling to stab lettuce leaves and poultry pieces with fork tines that appeared to be double-jointed as well as dull. […] It turns out that the composting program not only cost the House an estimated $475,000 a year (according to the House inspector general) but actually increased energy consumption in the form of “additional energy for the pulping process and the increased hauling distance to the composting facility,” according to a news release from Lungren.
NY Times: Fight Waged With Forks Is Rejoined in Congress: 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.”
UK Daily Mail: Republicans and Democrats square off in crucial House debate…over canteen cutlery — Given the state of the country, you’d think they would have more important things to debate. But Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been squaring up over an issue which has split them more deeply than usual – the spoons in the House cafeterias. Republicans have ended the Democratic order under which the three cafes had to use compostable cups and utensils when serving food.
Are they serious? 115 Congressmen claim ‘eliminating polystyrene-related (more commonly called Styrofoam) health impacts will result in fewer lost work days and lower health insurance costs for the House and it’s staff.
Counter: Paper Cups Versus Styrofoam Cups: Surprise Winner Styrofoam! The Greener Choice! — “It turns out Styrofoam is an excellent material for recycling…Paper Cups Use More Raw Materials and Energy Than Styrofoam (And Cost More)