By Michael Bielawski POSTED: 03/18/14, 9:29 PM EDT |
CAPITAL REGION >> If the EPA has its way, there may be a wood stove ban going into effect over the next several years, in accordance with new emission standards enacted earlier this year.
According to the EPA, there are about 12 million wood stoves in the US, and about nine million of those are less than half as efficient as the newest models. The EPA says that current wood stove owners would not be affected (a claim disputed by Forbes and other media) and it would only affect the sale of new wood stoves. Manufactures would have five to eight years to comply.
…The new rule drops the amount of particulate emissions allowed from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to 12 micrograms, a standard that 80 percent of current wood stoves don’t meet, according to a Forbes.com report. The story by Larry Bell on Jan. 29 seems to contradict the EPA’s claim that current wood stove owners are exempt. “Older stoves that don’t [meet the standards] cannot be traded in for updated types, but instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal,” wrote Bell.
“The local air pollution agency says I can’t sell my old wood stove to help pay for an EPA-certified wood stove. Why is that?”
Not all wood stove manufacturers are happy. The founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces, Reg Kelley, called the EPA law “the death knoll of any wood-burning” to Missouri legislators. Missouri has now proposed a bill stating that “All Missourians have a right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces and heaters.”
Another criticism is that this is another government effort keep us on the power grid. For example, there can never be a meter on a wood stove to run up your energy bill and people can chop their own wood or buy it locally without paying anything to an energy company.
It doesn’t help the EPA that this winter has been especially cold, for example for the first time since 1949, Niagara Falls froze over. According to Fox News meteorologist Brian Wilkes, this year’s winter has been the eighth coldest on record.
Larry Bell at Forbes also explains :
A recent example sets unachievable CO2 emission limits for new power plants. As I reported in my January 14 column, a group within EPA’s own Science Advisory Board (SAB) determined that the studies upon which that regulation was based had never been responsibly peer reviewed, and that there was no evidence that those limits can be accomplished using available technology.
Compared with huge consequences of EPA’s regulatory war on coal, the fuel source that provides more than 40 percent of America’s electricity, a clamp-down on humble residential wood-burning stoves and future water heaters may seem to many people as a merely a trifling or inconsequential matter. That is, unless it happens to significantly affect your personal life.
Does anyone truly believe they are safe from the war the Progressives are waging upon America?
NO ONE is safe from the leviathan. No one.
(ps. A rational person couldn’t make this up. Events such as these give life to the adage, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”)