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EPA Anti-Wood Stove Rules Target Poor Rural Americans

Published on Jan 6, 2015–The Alex Jones show today highlighted an EPA campaign to ban wood stoves. The agency’s efforts specifically hamper poor people trying to get by in the country. Isn’t it ironic that they turn a blind eye to the System’s constant assault on our natural world through geoenginnering, GMOs, nanotechnology, electromagnetic warfare, etc., yet nit pick on the little guy trying to stay warm.

They strain out the gnat and swallow the camel.

This is not new. The EPA has had an anti-smoke program since at least the mid-90s. And they have also instigated mass wood stove collection and melting efforts. I wrote about these initiatives back in the 90s, and again in my book The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living.

The reason for the book is to show people how easy it is to live cheaply and resourcefully–and that it is the most reasonable approach to extricating ourselves from a system that is crumbling–Unfortunately, a host of laws that hinder self-reliance are getting in the way. I hoped people would become aware and take appropriate action to maintain the liberty to survive, before it’s too late.

I noted also, that since most people are city bound, and system-bound, they are not aware, nor do they care, that freedom to carry on natural and traditional human activities is under attack by the Powers that Be.

Here are some excerpts from the section on woodstoves and wood heat:

Wood fires are essential to rural folks pursuing self-reliance

“Wood fires are essential to rural folks pursuing self-reliance. Burning wood provides penetrating and soothing warmth, and the sale of cordwood can be an important source of income. Unfortunately, this is another area where the powers that be make things difficult for the little guy trying to survive.

A host of agents collecting data

“The Environmental Protection Agency has been busy promulgating rules about residential wood smoke. To aid that effort, EPA says it needs to know how many woodstoves are in existence and exactly how much wood is being burned across our land. Local air quality agents are expected to collect this data, according to the report, Strategies for Reducing Residential Wood Smoke, published by the EPA in 2009. EPA uses the data to continue developing wood smoke reduction programs that include education, incentives, burn bans, and ultimately, more laws.

Woodstoves are best in a prolonged grid down scenario

“As part of its national smoke reduction strategy, the agency encourages the use of pellet stoves, which require electricity to operate. Wood heat is a big blessing when there is no power, but if you buy any stove that takes electricity to run right, you’re in for a cold and frustrating experience when trying to take care of yourself during an outage.

Writing tickets for smoke

“In the mid 90s, Washington began to regulate exactly how much smoke, at what density, can come out of a stovepipe at any given moment. If a qualified “opacity reader” drives by and spots wood smoke that is too thick coming from your chimney, you can get a ticket.

“According to an article on the appropriate technology website, Journey to Forever – a good site for exploring nitty-gritty information on the chemistry and technology of various simple living projects – wood is a renewable resource, and burning it is much more eco-friendly than natural gas or kerosene…The amount of CO2 emissions from home fires burning can recycle back into growing more trees.

Given the desirability of using wood for heat, it’s a good thing when affordable stoves are available to all who need them. Used woodstoves that cost under $200 were widely available in Washington before the state passed a law against buying, selling, giving away, bartering, or otherwise exchanging them. Moreover, collection centers were set up for people to drop off their offending appliances so they could be melted down.

“Communities in California, Nevada, and Oregon require the removal and destruction of old wood stoves upon the sale of homes. In Oregon, you’re allowed to keep your old stove as long as you don’t sell your house, but you can’t legally move it from its original spot. Building inspectors are expected to help enforce that law.

No more staying warm without government intervention

“Property owners in Pendleton, Oregon, were offered the option of upgrading to EPA approved stoves with interest-free loans that trigger a lien on their properties. A few agencies provide new stoves in conjunction with charitable weatherization programs for the poor.

“But what do poor people do when they’re hanging on by a thread in areas that don’t offer such programs? And what about those who work hard to stay warm without government assistance? They may have to migrate to a more lenient jurisdiction where brave leaders refuse to sell, barter, give away, or otherwise exchange the people’s liberties for carrots offered from above.”

The EPA believes more than nine million wood stoves still need to be gathered up and melted down. Has anybody calculated the carbon footprint of that strategy?

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