The latest in cancel-culture? Work-from-home residents in city want gas leaf blowers banned because… noise.

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MONTCLAIR, NJ-

Karen: NOUN

“A woman who acts entitled, expects certain privileges or special treatment and gets angered easily.” Men? Let’s just call them Adam (in honor of snively Rep. Adam Schiff).

With apologies to “non-psycho” Karen’s and Adam’s, a town in New Jersey (or more accurately several towns) is apparently home to a whole bunch of them, according to a report in NJ.com.

In Montclair, a town around 20 minutes northwest of Newark, there is one complaint that councilor-at-large Peter Yacobellis has been getting hammered with in his email inbox since the beginning of the pandemic—whining about felony leaf blowers.

Why all of a sudden is this occurring? Well apparently, a lot of the residents of town, now working at home instead of the office are apparently growing tired of the noise being generated by leaf blowers.

So, in response, some towns in New Jersey, including Montclair are now becoming the blower police, limiting what months the machines may be used. Seriously.

People whining about the noise generated by the leaf blowers claim that there are more benefits than simply having just a more peaceful neighborhood.

They claim that “emissions from the machines hurt air quality, high-decibel sounds damage hearing, and pollen, pesticides, mold and other particles are being blown around and impact public health,” Yacobellis said.

“It’s been pretty fascinating that it is the thing that gets more people to go to their computer and look up my email address and send me a note than anything else,” he said.

“You’re feeling it, you’re hearing it. It gets people over that hump to say, “I’m going to reach out to my local council person and tell them how I feel.”

This guy seems like he’s the type that gets overly excited watching the riveting Academy Awards. 

So, these whining crybabies, who probably have no problem with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy stomping all over their liberty and constitutional rights seem to be fine with further stomping on small businesses.  

Thousands have shuttered their doors in New Jersey since Murphy turned into a two-bit dictator like many Democrat governors (and Massachusetts’ RINO Charlie Baker) over the past 14 months.

In response to complaints earlier this year, the town’s council expanded an already-existing ordinance to limit the use of leaf blowers to certain times of years for both residents and landscapers.

The geniuses on the council have deemed that leaf blowers are only needed between March 15 and May 15, as well as Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, which they have determined to be the only times leaves need to be cleaned, Yacobellis said.

Of course, that doesn’t consider other uses of leaf blowers, which includes cleaning out gutters, and blowing grass off driveways and sidewalks. Oh, and first-time offenders no longer get verbal warnings.

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Last year, code enforcement noted 51 violations of the previous ordinance. And apparently Montclair isn’t the only town full of whiny Karens and Adams. Both Summit and Maplewood have also acted over the past several months.

In Summit, the program is less restrictive than Montclair, only banning the devices during the summer months of June thru August. In the case of that city, even the public works department is subject to the same restrictions. There is also the opportunity for residents or businesses to apply for an exemption waiver under certain circumstances.

In that city, the council received 22 complaints about leaf blower noise since the start of the pandemic, said city spokesperson Amy Cairns. That ordinance received both support and condemnation.

One resident, the daughter of a local landscaper complained that construction crews, gutter cleaners and lawn service owners would need to purchase additional equipment to complete their work, thereby increasing costs.

She also questioned how the ordinance would be enforced, and also what the standards of evidence would be in order to cite a violator.

However, another resident, your typical Karen or Adam said gas-powered leaf blowers can harm public health. Of course, they can.

“The U.S. EPA did a study on gas powered garden and lawn equipment and found that they are a prevalent source of toxic and carcinogenic emissions that cause a range of cancers and serious heart, lung and neurological issues,” said Karen.

Of course, Karen and Adam probably eat at McDonalds a few days a week and drinks a few cans of Diet Coke a day which rots out their stomach and clogs their arteries. Honestly, if you’re that afraid of living your life, stay inside your house with your mask on cowering in the corner.

Landscapers however are fighting back, claiming that gas-powered leaf blowers are necessary in order to keep lawns in good shape for their customers.

Gail Woolcott, executive director of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, denies that gas powered blowers threaten public health, noting that all outdoor power equipment has to comply with federal emissions requirements.

She also noted that suggestions to replace gas-powered leaf blowers with battery-powered units is expensive and noted that electric blowers are equally as loud. There would also be the added expense of purchasing extra chargers so a crew could work all day without interruption.

“It is simply not possible to offer the same level of service at the same price to customers using battery-powered equipment. Ergo, why most ‘eco-friendly’ contractors will charge a premium for battery-powered only services,” Woolcott said.

She was also curious why leaf blowers were being singled out, while other gas-powered tools such as chainsaws and hedge trimmers were not.

In Maplewood Township, a doctor attempted to answer the question, claiming that the difference is between two-stroke and four-stroke engines. However gas-powered leaf blowers, chainsaws and hedge trimmers all use two-stroke engines.

On May 4, officials in that town extended the existing ban on gas-powered leaf blowers by an additional two weeks, extending the ban from May 1 to September 30 each year. There is currently a lawsuit pending filed in 2017 against Maplewood by the New Jersey Landscape Contractor Association over the town’s ordinance.

The doctor, Dr. Hal Strelnick, a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine made the claim about the perceived disparity between leaf blowers, chainsaws and hedge trimmers.

He claimed that since two-stroke engines use a combination of gas and oil, they emit carbon monoxide, particulate matter that aggravates asthma and cancer-causing hydrocarbons including benzene, formaldehyde and butadiene.

Not sure what the doc is talking about but regular old gasoline engines emit carbon monoxide as well as hydrocarbons.

So, this is where we are at in 2021. The Chinese have New Years such as the Year of the Dragon, or the Year of the Dog. We’ll just call 2021 in the United States the Year of the Woke and Whiny.

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