NYC's making the current crew in Washington look like Cato fellows, debating a ban on polystyrene containers. The AP writer understands that there is no such thing as a Styrofoam cup, unless you molded some insulation to protect the jewels in a pinch.
There's no date yet for a council vote, but the hearing marked an effort to move the issue forward before the year ends. Environmentally minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who proposed banning the containers in February and backs the council proposal, leaves office at the end of the year. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said Monday he also supports it.
Street vendors and some eateries prize lightweight, heat-keeping containers made from expanded polystyrene foam. While people often call it Styrofoam, that brand isn't used in food packaging, manufacturer Dow Chemical Co. says.
MLK said a half-century ago that folks in New York had nothing to vote for. That's still true. At least the AP got their terms right.