Hide your Home Depot ads!
Two Washington Democrats recently introduced a bill
that could land people in jail for up to 364 days for using gas-powered lawn care tools. State Reps. Amy Walen and Liz Berry last week
introduced House Bill 1868, which aims to "reduce emissions from outdoor
The proposed legislation claims that gas and
diesel-powered landscaping tools "emit a host of air pollutants" that
are "contributing to climate change and negatively impacting public
health." The bill cites U.S. Environmental Protection Agency findings that
state that gas-powered lawnmowers are responsible for 5% of the nation's air
pollution. The language surrounding the bill also claimed that the noise from
outdoor power equipment can be a nuisance, especially as more people are
working from home since the onset of the pandemic. Ergo, it would provide tax
break incentives for zero-emissions equipment.
Because, as any Socialist worth his or her salt
knows, you can’t let consumers decide for themselves! Free markets go
hand-in-hand with free people. Intolerable.
The proposed legislation would ban lawnmowers, hedge
trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, augers, wood-chippers, pressure washers,
snowblowers-- and various other tools-- "produced on or after January 1,
2026, or as soon as the department determines is feasible, whichever is
Unsurprisingly, the bill would not prohibit
federal, state, or local government agencies from using the equipment if
they deemed it necessary.
If HB 1868 passes, operating a prohibited lawn care
tool would be considered a gross misdemeanor punishable by jail time.
Offenders would be “punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars,
or by imprisonment in the county jail for up to three hundred sixty-four days,
or by both for each separate violation.” Ten-grand? A year in the clink? Maybe
both? For each separate violation?! In Washington, you would get a lesser
sentence if you were convicted of serial burglaries. Not that you’d be
convicted, of course.
come a long way since the days of the Founding. Down a road that ought not have
been travelled-- if the state of Washington is any guide. “Limited government”
has gone the way of the Passenger Pigeon. Imagine the following headline:
“British catch George Washington using gas-powered leaf-blower, throw him in
prison.” (If I lived in Washington, I wonder if I would be fined or jailed for
accessing sites to research gas-powered lawn equipment for this article.)
a Washington state prison, circa 2027, several felons chatting at lunch:
“What are you in for?”
“Repeated aggravated sexual
assault of a minor.”
“And you, bro?”
“Well, I…(head down, eyes
averted, pained expression on his face)…I…I blew leaves in my lawn with a
gas-powered blower.” (Gasps all around.)
poor schlub had committed his “crime” while under the influence of alcohol,
Washington might have given him the guillotine.
may have finally found a crime they are willing to punish: landscaping.