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WOOD-BURNING: is it about pollution or control?

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup, WA on May 9, 2011 at 10:38 am with 25 Comments »
May 9, 2011 10:38 am

Re: “South Sound faces a reckoning over wood-burning” (editorial, 5-8).

I see a definite parallel between in-person voting and wood stoves. We were able to vote in person until the government decided otherwise. I believe this will happen with any means of heating your home off the grid.

Boulder, Colo., was one of the pilot cities for the SmartGrid technology project (The Wall Street Journal,  2-9-2009). The local utility, Xcel Energy Inc., used the Internet to remotely control consumers’ appliances.
In a news release dated 4-26-11, the OpenADR Alliance boasted 32 members industry-wide working together to implement a SmartGrid standard called the Open Automated Demand Response or “OpenADR.” This standard will be manufactured into appliances allowing utility companies access to your home.

How can the utility companies control our appliances if they aren’t on the grid? The apparent solution is the government mandating approved heating sources.

Personally I like having the option of heating my home with wood and not being subjected to price gouging for natural gas or electricity. In a worst-case scenario where natural gas or electricity aren’t available, the Puget Sound has been blessed with an abundance of readily available fuel – trees. Wood doesn’t burn too well in an electric heat pump.

Leave a comment Comments → 25
  1. Pecksbadboy says:

    Let’s ask the Port of Tacoma about their polution?

  2. Publico says:

    What we have here is a new contender for the most thoughtless letter to appear on these pages in the last few years.

  3. SadujTogracse says:

    Of course it’s about control. It’s getting to the point where you need the Government to tell you how to properly use toilet paper. Just think about it, one needs some kind of license or approval to do just about anything anymore.

    That’s why whenever there is a burn ban on I make it a point to use my fireplace. F ‘em

  4. xtp855 says:

    Hey Derrword,
    it’s not paranoia if they really ARE out to get you.

  5. Publico says:

    As the population of the US increases, the number of nuts and malcontents rises in conjunction. The guy who will burn on no-burn days fits both those descriptions. It is pretty easy to understand what air pollution is and what its ramifications are for everyone.

  6. Pecksbadboy says:

    Hey Publico, What is your take on the Port of Tacoma and the shipsthat run their engines while being unloaded?

  7. Fibonacci says:

    Hey Pecks
    What the heck does the Port of Tacoma have to do with pollution from wood burning stoves? Are you one of those nuts that refuses to consider lowering air pollution in one area if it is still being polluted in another? Maybe they BOTH should be reduced but your argument is straight out of the 5th grade. “I know I am doing wrong but what about Billy”?

  8. NWflyfisher says:

    Given time the legislature will probably be regulating flatulence in the name of public health since one of the 5 major gasses in flatulence is CO2. Oh, wait, the EPA is already regulating CO2. Uh oh.

    “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison,

  9. Roncella says:

    Darren, you are sooooo Right !!!

    Its the far far left greenies trying to impose anther restriction on the rest of us.

    They say its for our own good health. Its necessary and everyone should be forced to follow burn restrictions.

    In the World of Liberals and socialists and the like we have no rights as citizens to stop the Government from forcing more and more laws and restrictions on all of us.

    The liberals/progressives/socialists all believe in Big Government and that Big Government has all the answers they want the as much Government Control as possible on everything we do, from starting a business to paying taxes, to pullution controls, what we eat how our hospitalizaton coverage is formulated (obamacare), what kind of car we drive, and on and on and on…….

  10. xtp855 says:

    The Democrat plants are doing a fine job!

  11. Publico says:

    Hey Ron, when people are too stupid to do it on their own we hope and pray that the government will step in to help. Its called equal opportunity or equal protection or equality or freedom. Take your pick.

  12. KGE1911 says:

    Government steps in to help? Sometimes that’s true. Other times I find that their “help” actually makes things worse than the original problem they were trying to solve. Government isn’t always smarter than those who are too stupid to do it on their own. This is where we must find balance between over-regulation and leaving everyone to their own devices.

  13. Publico says:

    KGE1911, you made an informed comment. How about a couple examples of where the gov. made things worse by over regulation and be advised that I will counter with examples of under regulation with which most are familiar these days.

  14. amykim says:

    Sorry, but the federal government offered tax credits for cleaner burning wood stoves last year. Also, Pierce County has offered money for simply replacing wood stoves with cleaner burning models. You are still welcome (and encouraged by the government) to live off the grid, but please don’t pollute our lungs with the particulate matter coming from your stove. Most first world countries are very strict about personal wood burning stoves for the same reasons that regulation is sought in Pierce County.

  15. Here’s a typical Rpot idea to gut government spending and reduce government interference in our daily lives.

    Defund and disband the Corps of Engineers and let the Might Mississippi Roll On au natural.

  16. ItalianSpring says:

    It’s about control, to repress all facets of freedom and logic.

  17. Flanagan says:

    I use my wood burning stove when the power is off only. I do feel for my neighbors across the street who use theirs constantly and the smoke goes into their next door neighbors home. I thank my lucky stars that I don’t live downwind from them.

  18. beerBoy says:

    Maybe Darren should move to Southeast Idaho. We don’t recycle glass. A local town failed to pass a referendum trying to limit how many junked cars you can have parked on your front lawn – it’s white trash heaven!

  19. beerBoy says:

    There are wood-burning technologies available for cheap that are highly efficient and have almost zero emissions.


  20. LarryFine says:

    Are you sure it’s “white trash” bB ? You don’t suppose there’s a large tribal contingent do you ? (sarcasm)

  21. itwasntmethistime says:

    If people wouldn’t burn garbage and other things they shouldn’t we wouldn’t have to have the government step in to regulate. As usual, a select few ruin it for everybody.

    The one that makes me mad is car emissions. We all have to waste time and money every other year having our emissions checked because of a few people who knowingly spew black exhaust and won’t have their cars fixed unless they are forced to.

  22. I_S,
    “it’s all about control” The cons want to control every facet of your life, so keep voting for them.

  23. beerBoy says:

    LF – the “large tribal contingent” in this area are Mormon…..

  24. “Maybe Darren should move to Southeast Idaho.”

    A right to work red wing nut job state of the highest order.
    At the bottom of all rankings, income, healthcare, education you name it Idaho ranks at or near the bottom.
    That is what GOP rule will get you.

  25. beerBoy says:

    Now you are really depressing me xtp…..

    Now Idaho is laying off teachers in massive numbers – not because they don’t have the funds but because the business guy who was recently elected to head the state board of education decided that every student in every classroom needs to have a computer – paid for by the funds that used to pay salaries.

    Fortunately I don’t have kids – I just have to try to teach “higher” education to underachievers at the underfunded University.

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