Obama’s War on Self Reliancy and Cheap Energy is Now Aiming at Your Wood Burning Stove
About 12.4 million homes in the United States have a wood-burning stove. About 2.4 million households use them as their primary source of heat. As Obama drives up oil and coal prices, demand for wood-burning stoves have increased.  In fact, Obama’s aggressive war against coal and oil has prompted many Americans to buy wood-burning boilers and furnaces. Newly adopted rules limiting airborne soot imposed by bureaucrats in Washington threaten to freeze the choices — and toes — of individuals living more than 4,000 miles away in subarctic Alaska. Thanks to authoritarian overreach, the freedom of America’s “last frontier” may not last much longer.  Now the tried-and-true heating devices now are under attack by the Environmental Protection Agency. It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore.  Emissions from those wood-burning devices currently account for 13 percent of all soot pollution in the nation, according to EPA estimates.  The EPA tightened restrictions in January on the level of fine airborne particulate emissions that wood-burning stoves can emit, from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to a maximum of 12 micrograms.  To put this amount in context, EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter.  Most wood stoves that warm cabin and home residents from coast-to-coast can’t meet that standard. Older stoves that don’t cannot be traded in for updated types, but instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal.  Obama administration is banning the sale of 80% of wood-burning stoves, claiming they pollute the environment.       Critics charge that the rule changes were enacted following pressure from environmental groups.  Believe it or not, he oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents is about to become an illegal activity. By banning wood-burning stoves, Obama will increase the price of coal and oil even more, by increasing demand. Unfortunately it may not even end there because the “logic” used by the Obama administration would imply that fireplaces pose an equal or greater danger, depending on the style of fireplace.  Will the Obama regime ban the construction of new fireplaces next? You can bet on it! There are a lot of Americans who rely on wood burning stoves to keep warm in the winter. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 survey statistics, 2.4 million American housing units (12 percent of all homes) burned wood as their primary heating fuel, compared with 7 percent that depended upon fuel oil.  “Although this is an ancient technology, it can provide a solution for high heating costs in many parts of the country,” Laura Huggins, a research fellow for both the Hoover Institution and the Property and Environment Research Center, told Newsmax.  “With up to one-third of this country’s energy consumption used for heating, policymakers would be wise to consider the benefits of wood as a heat source,” Huggins said. In the face of tightening economies and rising heating costs, more Americans have been turning to cheaper, archaic sources for heat, especially those in poorer areas.  The number of households heating with wood grew 34 percent from 2000 to 2010, with 2.4 million homes, or 2.1 percent of U.S. housing units, using wood as their primary heating source, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly 10 million additional homes use wood to supplement their primary heat source, the U.S. Energy Information Administration disclosed. Huggins said environmentalists should cheer the use of this energy source. “Fuel for wood heating is a renewable resource, and under the right circumstances can be local and sustainable,” Huggins said.  No doubts that the worst aspect of the agency’s one-size-fits-all scheme is that the same rules that purports to clean up the air above U.S. megalopolises apply to the 97,000 residents of Fairbanks and its surrounding county, tucked amidst the wilderness of central Alaska.   When Barack Obama’s EPA arrogantly moves to make every wood burning stove in America illegal, he’s basically saying to those people, “You can go ahead and freeze for all I care.”
The most infuriating of all is to see all the useful idiots litterally running to the barricades in order to defend this leg breaking policy. Useful idiots like the staff writers of leftists news outlets like Think Progress for example. What’s their argument? Well they actually believe what the EPA is saying like if they were the words of god. “The proposed rule would not affect existing woodstoves and other wood-burning heaters currently in use in people’s homes,” the EPA says. “The proposal also would not apply to new or existing heaters that are fueled solely by oil, gas or coal, and it would not apply to outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pizza ovens or chimineas.”  But we have more serious stuff to worry about than the progressives lunatics who are blindly defending those stupid policies. Believe it or not, local governments in some states have gone even further than the ludicrous EPA, not only banning the sale of noncompliant stoves, but even their use as fireplaces. As a result, owners face fines for infractions. Puget Sound, Washington is one such location. Even worst, french canadian socialists in Montréal, Canada proposes to eliminate all fireplaces within its city limits.  Who better than the quebecers to push the lunacy beyond the limits of insanity? But the progressives crowd in the United States don’t give up their place that easily. As if it wasn’t enough, only a couple of weeks after the EPA enacted its new stove rules, attorneys general of seven states sued the agency to crack down on wood-burning water heaters as well. The lawsuit was filed by Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, all predominately Democrat states. Claiming that EPA’s new regulations didn’t go far enough to decrease particle pollution levels, the plaintiffs cited agency estimates that outdoor wood boilers will produce more than 20 percent of wood-burning emissions by 2017. A related suit was filed by the environmental group Earth Justice.  Talk about complete lunacy. Some manufacturers contend the EPA’s proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products. “There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knoll of any wood burning,” Reg Kelly, the founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, told Missouri lawmakers during a recent hearing. 
The Liberal Have Used Kids to Push their Anti-Wood Stove Agenda
The EPA, mirroring Barack Obama’s incessant use of children to sell his messages, has produced two videos using young children to promote the EPA’s message that wood-burning fireplaces and stoves are unhealthy. At the beginning of January, the Environmental Protection Agency banned a large majority of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces sold in the United States.  The EPA claims they are attempting to improve air quality by requiring appliances to burn more cleanly. The two videos produced by the EPA program Burn Wise assert that wood-burning fireplaces lead to pollution and sickness. Other maladies the children declare can be caused by smoke from wood fires are voiced like this:
Wood smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces is pollution.
Smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces can make you sick.
Wood smoke can give you a stuffy nose.
Make your eyes water.
And even make you cough.
It can also cause an asthma attack.
It can hurt your lungs and make it hard to breathe.
Viewers are directed to the EPA’s Burn Wise website where tips are offered to “Learn Before You Burn” and how to upgrade to an EPA-approved appliance.
At Least One State is Figting Back: Missouri want to Keep their Stoves
Well, one state is pushing back against the Obama administration ban on wood stoves.   The federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days. Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters. Some manufacturers contend the EPA’s proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products. “There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now – this is the death knoll of any wood burning,” Reg Kelly, the founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, told Missouri lawmakers during a recent hearing.  Missouri appears to be one the first states to introduce legislation in response to the proposed EPA regulations. But concerns over wood-stove pollution and regulations also have been simmering in other states, including Utah and Alaska. States such as Washington and New York already have adopted stricter emission rules. And last fall, New York’s attorney general led a coalition of seven states in a federal lawsuit seeking to compel to the EPA to adopt new emission limits on wood-fired boilers, which heat water that is piped into a home’s radiator system.  More than three dozen Missouri lawmakers have co-sponsored a bill that would symbolically fight back against the EPA by declaring that “All Missourians have a right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces and heaters.”   This past week, a Missouri House committee endorsed a revised measure that proposes to ban state environmental officials from regulating residential wood heaters unless authorized by the Legislature. Missouri appears to be one the first states to introduce legislation in response to the proposed EPA regulations. But concerns over wood-stove pollution and regulations also have been simmering in other states, including Utah and Alaska. ”What they’re doing is unnecessary, and it comes against our American values and our traditions,” said Rep. Tim Remole, a Republican who has a wood stove at his rural Missouri home.  There are about 12 million wood stoves in U.S. homes, including about 9 million that are less than half as efficient as the newer stoves, according to the EPA. The agency’s proposed rules would not affect stoves already in homes. Most people who own wood stoves have other means of heat, such as electric or gas furnaces. But about 2 percent U.S. homes rely on wood as their primary heating source – a figure that has been rising over the past decade. Darwin Woods, who owns a farm near the small central Missouri town of Clark, said his 12-year-old outdoor wood stove heats both his home and water. Though he wouldn’t be forced to upgrade the stove, Woods views the proposed EPA rule as an intrusion. “It’s just another way for them to control my life and lifestyle and basically force me to pay more for just survival,” Woods said. Missouri should follow through with that legislation and other states should follow its lead. Barack Obama and the EPA are out of control and it’s time for the states to push back. 
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