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How Fucking Insane is the EPA’s Overreach in This “Climate Change” Fascism Movement?

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As always with the monstrous federal government overreach the poor are hardest hit.

Unfuckingbelievable.

These people, and this administration, are literally criminally insane.
For the past eight years the Obama administration has Executive Ordered or EPA regulated more energy policies against energy resource-rich states like Alaska. The war on coal. Prohibiting drilling for oil and/or gas. Land-grabbing more and more US territory under the guise of “federal lands”. It just never ends.

Now the EPA is telling Alaskans to stop using wood-fired stoves, etc., in order to heat and cook in their homes and businesses.

Yeah, I guess they can use coal— um, no? Well, there’s always oil— huh? Okay then, gas— what? Well there’s always electric— Huh? You need what to generate electricity? What about nuclear power plants— Can’t dare have those either??? Thankfully they can use solar— D’OH!!!

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EPA To Alaskans In Sub-Zero Temps: Stop Burning Wood To Keep Warm

If only the bureaucrats in Washington DC knew what the wolf-dog knew. But alas, now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s interior that, really, they should not be building fires to keep themselves warm during the winter. The New York Times reports the Environmental Protection Agency could soon declare the Alaskan cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, which have a combined population of about 100,000, in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act early next year.

Like most people in Alaska, the residents of those frozen cities are burning wood to keep themselves warm this winter. Smoke from wood-burning stoves increases small-particle pollution, which settles in low-lying areas and can be breathed in. The EPA thinks this is a big problem. Eight years ago, the agency ruled that wide swaths of the most densely populated parts of the region were in “non-attainment” of federal air quality standards.

That prompted state and local authorities to look for ways to cut down on pollution from wood-burning stoves, including the possibility of fining residents who burn wood. After all, a declaration of noncompliance from the EPA would have enormous economic implications for the region, like the loss of federal transportation funding.

The problem is, there’s no replacement for wood-burning stoves in Alaska’s interior. Heating oil is too expensive for a lot of people, and natural gas isn’t available. So they’ve got to burn something. The average low temperature in Fairbanks in December is 13 degrees below zero. In January, it’s 17 below. During the coldest days of winter, the high temperature averages -2 degrees, and it can get as cold as -60. This is not a place where you play games with the cold. If you don’t keep the fire lit, you die. For people of modest means, and especially for the poor, that means you burn wood in a stove—and you keep that fire lit around the clock.

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This of course is a ridiculous situation. The EPA has no business telling Alaskans they shouldn’t burn wood to keep warm in the depths of winter. For one thing, concern over air pollution from wood smoke is misplaced. The high levels of particulate matter in places like Fairbanks in January are not the same thing as smog in Los Angeles. The areas affected by pollution from wood stoves are relatively small because they’re the result of something called inversion. At -30 degrees Fahrenheit, smoke doesn’t rise. It drops down to ground level and settles in low-lying areas. But this doesn’t happen city-wide, it happens on a single block or street.

That doesn’t mean people living on that street aren’t affected. But it does mean we aren’t talking about pollution-laced fog descending on an entire city; we’re talking about burning wood to stay warm. If that means you must endure some air pollution from the smoke from time to time, then that’s the price of living in a place like Alaska’s frozen interior…

The problem with the EPA bullying the people of Fairbanks about their wood stoves is that the federal government thinks this is a problem that can be solved. What would the EPA have Alaskans do, use solar panels to heat their homes in winter? […]

Read the whole thing. John Daniel Davidson points to the wisdom of writer Jack London to point out the murderous error of DC bureaucrat ways.

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