Ban-the-straw push panned as latest left-wing effort

ONE NEWS NOW: McDonald’s is being lobbied to drop plastic straws from its restaurants but a consumer advocate says straws are just the newest target of overzealous environmentalists.

“Plastics are the new evil and this is part of that political campaign,” says Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the Consumer Choice Center.

A shareholder proposal this week will ask McDonald’s to find alternatives to plastic straws over concerns that plastics are bad for the environment and end up in landfills, where they often fail to decompose over time.

The effort builds off an anti-plastics push on Earth Day earlier this year and it also follows a move by Alaska Airlines to stop using plastic stirring straws.

“This effort to ban straws, or styrofoam, or cotton swabs, is really an outlandish activist campaign that they claim is to improve the environment,” Stier responds.”You can’t prove it and, really, it harms all of us by taking away what is most important – and that is a consumer’s right to choose.”

Stier adds, however, that he agrees with the “reduce, reuse, recycle” campaign.

“But now we’ve gone from reduce, reuse and recycle,” he complains, “to just ban products that activists don’t want us to use.”

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About Jeff Stier

Jeff Stier is a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Choice Center. Mr. Stier has been a frequent guest on CNBC, and has addressed health policy on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, as well as network newscasts. He is a guest on over 100 radio shows a year, including on NPR and top-rated major market shows in cities including Boston, Philadelphia, and Sacramento, plus syndicated regional broadcasts. Jeff’s op-eds have been published in top outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Forbes, The Washington Examiner, and National Review Online.

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LIFEZETTE: “I don’t know where you’re going to get these bamboo straws,” Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the Consumer Choice Center in Washington, D.C., told LifeZette. “I don’t know what planet they’re on by saying we’re going to save the oceans by switching to some of these outlandish alternatives.”

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About Jeff Stier

Jeff Stier is a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Choice Center. Mr. Stier has been a frequent guest on CNBC, and has addressed health policy on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, as well as network newscasts. He is a guest on over 100 radio shows a year, including on NPR and top-rated major market shows in cities including Boston, Philadelphia, and Sacramento, plus syndicated regional broadcasts. Jeff’s op-eds have been published in top outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Forbes, The Washington Examiner, and National Review Online.