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EPA Not Blowing Smoke and Decrees Nationwide Woodstove Ban

March 5, 2014

No part of the land of the free is safe from the tentacles of the parasitic EPA. As their web of intrusion continues on its ever-expanding trajectory, the property rights, lifestyle and future of rural Americans becomes increasingly at risk.

The latest act of aggression by the bureaucratic behemoth is the severe restrictions imposed upon rural Americans who choose to heat their homes with wood stoves. What has been an important source of heat for both heating and cooking in areas which are off-the-grid has now been effectively taken away.

Those who are on the grid and for whatever reason like the warmth of a fire or choose to reduce their utility expenses are also now left with fewer options.

In January the EPA tightened the permissible emissions of woodstoves from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to a maximum of 12 micrograms. You might wonder how they would enforce a ban without entering people’s homes or climbing upon their rooftops to sample the smoke. They simply use the same type of mandates they do in the case of new vehicle emissions standards.

They go after the manufacturers. The restrictions ban the production and sale of roughly eighty percent of all stoves currently on the market in the United States.

Laura Huggins is a research fellow for the Hoover Institution as well as the Property and Environment Research Center. She was recently interviewed on the topic, saying, “Although this is an ancient technology, it can provide a solution for high heating costs in many parts of the country.”

She continued, “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.”

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.

In the ten year period from 2000 to 2010, the number of homes heating primarily with wood increased 34 percent to 2.4 million. Another 10 million housing units use wood as a supplemental source of heat.

The EPA is suspected of implementing the restrictions at the behest of powerful liberal and environmental groups.

With coal, oil and now wood are being eliminated as heating sources, is the intent merely just to drive people off of their land?

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.

Environmental groups, with their associated progressive funding are the virtual masters of the EPA. Additionally, this past October, attorneys general from the liberal strongholds of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York and Oregon filed lawsuits against the EPA seeking wood stove restrictions.

The mandates have the appearance of being a utilization of the “sue-and-settle” tactics in which the environmental liberal progressive types sue the EPA in order to win a “consent decree” which the progressives then work into the regulation they originally sought.

Forbes described the tactic as “another example of the EPA and other government agencies working with activist environmental groups to sue and settle on claims that afford leverage to enact new regulations which they lack statutory authority to otherwise accomplish.”

William Yeatman is a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He told Newsmax that the “EPA engages in sweetheart litigation in order to cede its regulatory initiative to green special interests like the Sierra Club. Virtually all of EPA’s air quality regulations were prompted by such sue-and-settle litigation, the occurrence of which has exploded since President Obama assumed the Oval Office.” The wood-burning stove regulation, according to Yeatman, “is only the latest example of policy-making.”

He continued saying The EPA “has targeted oil, gas, coal, and nuclear with needless regulations. “Now the agency is going after wood — a biofuel.”

In typical fashion, the federal government is threatening the withholding of federal highway funds to states which refuse to comply. Alaska now finds itself in that situation. Alaska state representative Tammie Wilson said, “Pressure from the federal government is contributing to states seeking further restrictions on wood-burning stoves.”

As a result, “The Alaska Division of Environment Conservation has proposed stricter regulations for our area,” including restrictions on “wintertime outdoor open burning” in certain areas, Wilson said.

She said the state agency has also tightened limits on particulate emission levels for new wood-fired heating devices. Additionally, local air quality agents have been placed in charge of declaring “air quality episodes and advisories,” which gives them the authority “to take immediate action — voluntary and/or mandatory shutdowns of solid fuel-burning devices.”

Wilson criticized the decision saying, “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  a freezing when the mercury plunges.”

This is more proof that the means through which ultimate confiscation and control of all American lands in compliance with the UN agenda 21 mandates will be pursued through environmental regulations. This is just the ridiculous beginning to what will be a tragic outcome.

Source: http://gopthedailydose.com/2014/02/20/epa-not-blowing-smoke-decrees-nationwide-woodstove-ban/