EPA to ban wood burning in freezing Alaska
- Don't just blame the Socialist Democrats. The EPA has been eagerly and fully funded by the Republican Party since its creation by Richard Nixon.
- Even today the GOP controlled House has no problem granting the EPA all the money they need to operate and control your every move.
Not-so-unintended consequences of over regulation are in the air. 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.
The Washington Times reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waited until after Comrade Obama’s re-election to announce drastic new restrictions on soot produced by industry smokestacks, diesel trucks and even ordinary sources like wood-burning stoves.
The new standard for the great outdoors reduces the legal limit for airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms. To put in context how overly restrictive that is, secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of soot per cubic meter, according to the agency.
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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.
In January, the average low temperature is 15-25 degrees below zero and many homes turn to wood stoves to keep their heating costs under control. The county had already been on the EPA’s “non-attainment area” list before the new regulations. Compliance will be even harder now.
Alaska’s 663,000 square miles is mostly forested, offering residents an abundant source of affordable firewood. When county officials floated a plan to regulate the burning of wood, residents were understandably inflamed. “Everybody wants clean air.
We just have to make sure that we can also heat our homes,” state Rep. Tammie Wilson told the Associated Press. Rather than fret over EPA’s computer-model-based warning about the dangers of inhaling soot from wood smoke, residents have more pressing concerns on their minds such as the immediate risk of freezing when the mercury plunges.
Read more: Washington Times
|Big Government says burning wood in your stove to stay warm in winter is evil. Better to freeze your ass off while worshiping at the alter Enviro-Nazis.|
|Insane Environmentalists say trying to keep yourself warm in the winter could cause the oceans to rise. So why not just kill yourself now and allow your evil middle class wealth to be re-distributed to those with real needs.|