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E.P.A. Set to Ban Wood Stoves Via Executive Fiat
Bangor Daily News Dutifully Runs Anti-Wood Stove Propaganda
Fairfield Journal, March 5, 2014
many people, the high cost of oil and electric heating has driven them to heat
their homes with wood just to keep warm and stay alive.
However, the U.S. Government—not an organization that endorses or
brooks individualism and self-reliance—is on track to regulate the use of
wood burning stoves virtually out of existence.
According to a report by Larry Bell on www.netrightdaily.com
regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new wood stove
regulations he states, “While the EPA’s most recent regulations aren’t
altogether new, their impacts will nonetheless be severe. Whereas restrictions
had previously banned wood-burning stoves that didn’t limit fine airborne
particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) of air,
the change will impose a maximum 12 μg/m3 limit. To put this amount in
context, the EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can
expose a person to 3,000-4,000 μg/m3 of particulates. Most wood stoves
that warm cabin and home residents from coast to coast cannot meet that
Older stoves that don’t cannot be traded in for updated types, but
instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal.”
in the cover story of protecting the environment, these new E.P.A. regulations
are really designed to quash any reliance on naturally occurring sources of
energy by a free and independent people and force them to purchase their
energy from multi-national corporations in the form of oil, electricity or
natural gas at huge costs. These
same corporations also donate to reelection campaigns and provide “under the
table” perks to eager E.P.A. bureaucrats who are all too ready to adopt a
modern day form of fascism (fascism is a partnership between businesses and
government, usually for profit and control of the market).
In order to enforce what could eventually lead to wood burning stoves
that require annual registration stickers, like automobiles, and licensed wood
piles for private homes, the E.P.A. is relying on the burgeoning police state
apparatus that is being cultured in the U.S. government - whose Department of
Homeland "Security" currently has over 2 billion rounds of
ammunition on order to be used against the American people.
Dutifully towing the line for government propaganda against wood
burning stoves is the Bangor Daily News (BDN)- inarguably one
Maine's leading socialist newspapers. Like
all other government initiatives in the past that seek to limit the
resourcefulness and independence of the citizenry, the BDN joins the
historical ranks of mainstream press that has sided with the federal
government all the way back to the Indian wars of the 1870s when the U.S.
government declared war on native Americans because of their ability to
independently sustain life without the aid of the overarching hand of the new,
corporate-controlled, for-profit government.
As part of their propaganda puff piece, the BDN ran
a story right beside the E.P.A. announcement on the front page of their
February 21, 2014 weekend edition that stated wood burning stoves can cause,
among other health problems, “premature death.”
The story, written by Jackie Farwell opens with, “Smoke from
wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contains harmful gases and tiny particles
that, when breathed in, can aggravate and contribute to a host of health
problems, including premature death, said Janice Nolen, assistant vice
president for national policy at the [American] lung association.”
This story was conveniently placed front page, above the fold beside
the E.P.A. wood stove regulations story in order to psychologically corral an
unsuspecting public into supporting the government agency's drastic,
unnecessary regulations against a form of heat that has warmed mankind for
literally thousands of years. What
it failed to mention is most people don't stand on their rooftops, hovering
over their active wood stove chimneys huffing huge amounts of wood smoke into
their lungs. Anecdotal stories
obtained by the Fort Fairfield Journal from the area's elderly
population indicate they have been living around wood burning stoves for
decades with no ill health effects, so the American Lung Association's
suggestion that wood smoke is somehow “deadly,” borders on hyperbole, if
not outright propaganda.
Wood stoves only smoke when initially fired up.
Once up to temperature and burning properly, any reasonably constructed
wood burning stove will create no smoke at all, converting most or all of the
particles into heat - and that without the new E.P.A. mandate in effect.
What smoke may come out of a chimney upon initial firing is quickly
dissipated in a slight breeze to below critical levels after several dozen
yards from the source.
Other propaganda pieces BDN has offered were one mirrored on
their website from the Sun Journal in November, 2013 with the scary
dangerous on a dose-by-dose basis than cigarette smoke’: Concerns about
wood-stove smoke prompt state review"
and an Associated Press story
going back to 2012 entitled, "Use
wood heat? USM study finds potential for indoor air quality problems".
This shows a historical trend that government and academia, along with
their surrogates in the mainstream press, have a bias against wood burning
stoves that is not proportional to the actual inherent dangers.
While the E.P.A. regulations don't actually ban wood burning stoves
outright, they do require massive new advances in engineering and construction
that will likely make the heat sources far too costly for most homeowners to
afford - along with the accompanying requirements of homeowners to ensure
their wood stoves remain compliant and one day soon even have to pay a
licensing fee for firewood stored on their land for home heating purposes.
Here in Northern Maine, many a resourceful backyard welder has
constructed his own wood burning stove from truck tire rims or quarter inch
thick plate steel. While not
“factory assembled,” these stoves do provide a clean, reliable form of
heat from wood that can be found pretty much anywhere, thus severing the user
from the reliance on expensive electricity or even more expensive fuel oil -
much to the chagrin of companies in those businesses who are striving
diligently with their accomplices in government to limit or even obliterate
the wood option from a future generation of homeowners - thus ensuring the
monopoly on home heating will forever remain in the hands of the corporate
oligarchy rather than being shared in any way with the local, independent