"Thou shalt freeze your ass off"
- The unelected neo-Fascists at the EPA have waved their imperial wands and banned wood burning stoves from people's homes.
- Businesses that make stoves, along with their employees, could be forced into bankruptcy. But that does not matter. Government workers get paid no matter how they fuck up.
Critics charge that the rule changes were enacted following pressure from environmental groups.
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 reports Newsmax.
The EPA restrictions would ban the production and sale of the kinds of wood-burning stoves that compose 80 percent of those currently in use in the United States, Forbes reported.
"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.
But pressure from environmental groups has been responsible for many of the EPA rule changes.