US cities ban new drive-thrus to help fight climate change

Idling cars at drive-thru windows thought to contribute to climate change

2y ago

People love a drive-thru. It’s convenient, quick and means you don’t have to leave the warmth of your car to order. However, idling in your vehicle at drive-thrus is adding to climate change problems.

Some cities around the US are now banning drive-thrus in a bid to reduce the additional carbon emissions.

Long Beach, California has put a six-month ban in place while it researches the issue, and Minneapolis has banned new drive-thrus permanently. This is part of its long-term Minneapolis 2040 plan, citing air pollution from idling vehicles as the main factor, along with litter, noise and traffic blocking sidewalks.

Other places including Orchard Park, New York; Fair Haven, New Jersey; and Creve Coeur, Missouri have also restricted or banned fast-food windows. South Los Angeles banned new drive-thrus back in 2008.

Some cities are also changing the rules as to how drive-thrus work. Businesses in Portland, Oregon now have to serve customers who arrive on foot or bicycle. So less drive-thru, more bike/stride-thru.

Mostly, the new bans are to help with emissions, litter problems, obesity, and keep sidewalks free from vehicles, but some people are worried the ban will affect the elderly, disabled people, or parents with kids in the car. However, the ban is only about new drive-thrus, and existing ones won’t be affected.

Do you love a drive-thru? Will the ban help cut emissions?

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Comments (10)

  • So they think they can change the weather by preventing people from ordering a burger from inside a car? How stupid can one get?

      2 years ago
  • Communist&Nazis loves to ban things :)

      2 years ago
  • That’s bogus 🤬

      2 years ago
  • The surface area of the earth, including the oceans and lakes is ...approximately 125,970,000,000 acres.

    There are 1,000,000,000 road vehicles on this planet, give or take.

    There is one car, running for an average of less than one hour per day, for every 126 acres of land and ocean.

    126 acres looks like an area of land or ocean, 1000m x about 509 m.

    Perhaps 100 odd footy fields, or about 30 footy fields of dry land. PER ROAD VEHICLE.

    There are also, just as an aside, approximately 1350 trees per person on this planet.

    How many average sized trees does each person need to produce enough oxygen to breathe ?

    About 1/3 of one average tree.

    How many trees do you need to soak up the carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from each road vehicle ?

    Approximately 2 trees.

    Where are the worlds largest forests ?

    South America ?


    The worlds largest forests are in Siberia.

    But that's a story for another day. .....

    In 1798 British physicist Henry Cavendish became the first person to accurately determine the mass of Earth.

    His painstakingly conducted experiment calculated the density of Earth and thus the value of G, the universal gravitational constant first proposed by Isaac Newton in 1687.

    While mass and weight are not interchangeable (weight is variable, while mass is constant), Cavendish’s “weighing the world” experiment yielded a result of approximately 6 sextillion tons.

    The total mass of Earth’s atmosphere is about 5.5 quadrillion tons, or roughly one millionth of Earth’s mass. ( source Encyclopedia Britannica ) A quadrillion is a 1 followed by 24 zeros.

    The total mass of the earths atmosphere is therefore....5,500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg.

    And the total volume of gas exiting those 1 billion cars is 13 kg per car per day, for a pathetic 13,000,000,000 kg per day.

      2 years ago
  • I'm having another go at uploading that roadside diner picture.

      2 years ago