Ban Leaf Blowers
Still, if you want to have a big lawn, I guess that’s your business. But in an era when global warming and climate change are nightmares that are about to come true, what seems to me to be no longer just your business is how you take care of your lawn. And if you use a leaf blower regularly or hire a crew that uses leaf blowers, you’re being irresponsible in a way that transcends some of the other more obvious irresponsibilities, like driving an SUV (although people who drive Hummers deserve a special contempt).
If a lawn is a frivolity, using fossil fuels in this era to clear a lawn of leaves and grass is something worse – maybe not a crime against nature but a violation at least.
Westchester County just passed a law that will require cleaner-burning leaf blowers to be used in the county in two years. That’s fine, I guess, but it doesn’t really go far enough.
They’re noisy, they pollute, they’re used for an inessential activity, and they contribute in their own small way to global warming. So while what Westchester County did is better than nothing, my own solution is simpler: Ban leaf blowers.
1:20 p.m. update, department of coincidences: And then there's this vote to ban leaf blowers in the summer in Yonkers.
Labels: leaf blowers