I, for one, can't think of Seattle without thinking of Starbucks, which first opened its doors in the city in March of 1971. And what is Starbucks without coffee? (I should confess that I really like their oatmeal, but Starbucks pastries are another story altogether.) And what is coffee without, well, a cup out of which to enjoy that piping hot grande latte for which you forked over a month's worth of a Ricochet Membership?
Answer: a major inconvenience. An inconvenience so big, that you, and I, and everyone we know would make far fewer stops at Starbucks.
But that's no skin off Karin de Weille's back. This weekend, the enviro-statist launched a campaign to push Seattle to eliminate its use of paper cups.
"I think Seattle can push the frontier," [Ms. de Weille] said at Green Festival, the two-day celebration of eco-friendliness where the effort got its official start.
Harmless enough if it's just one raving hippie calling for the encroachment of other peoples' freedom. Less harmless if the City Council President is on board with this egregious assault on liberty.
Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin endorsed the initiative, which urges participants to whip out their own reusable cups for mochas on the go, and opt for ceramic over paper when ordering "for here."
"Let's show that we can do this, and our success will be duplicated in other cities," Conlin said in a statement.
So make sure to pack a mug in your briefcase on the way to work, Seattle. You'll need the practice. As we in plastic bagless San Francisco can attest, you're just one small step away from an all out ban.
(Many thanks to EJHill for supplying yet another brilliant graphic!)