EPA Bans Most Wood Burning Stoves In a Corrupt Scheme, Fireplaces Next

February 5, 2014
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As of January 3rd, the EPA banned about 80% of the wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts in the United States. Stoves which are used to heat 12% of the homes in America and are especially needed in outlying rural areas. Fireplaces are also being looked at.

The EPA is attempting to reduce particle pollution with new rules. Instead of limiting fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 μg/m3 limit. That is equivalent to a person smoking 3 to 4 cigarettes in a small confined space.

The draconian EPA regulations will be spread out, one will take place in March and the next in five to eight years. Stoves currently in use will not be affected but obviously, getting them repaired will become more and more difficult.

They haven’t yet gone after outdoor appliances or home heating appliances, but can they be far behind? Will people be able to heat their homes in a future controlled by extreme environmentalists?

Even fireplaces are being looked at though not included yet. They are part of the future research.

Forced air furnaces will also face drastic cuts and are headed for extinction over the next five years unless they meet near-impossible limits to their emissions.

The ruling will “require efficiency and carbon monoxide testing and reporting, which will provide consumers additional information to help them select the best wood heater for their homes,” which will cost sellers and home owners time and money as they face an unbending bureaucracy overseeing these simple devices.

Some local governments in some states have gone further and banned stoves as fireplaces, placing fines on users. Montréal, Canada has banned them altogether. It gets pretty cold there but they don’t care.

The Attorneys General in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, strongholds for far-left Democrats, have filed suit against the EPA demanding wood-burning water heaters and outdoor wood boilers also be included. The extreme environmental group EarthJustice also filed suit.

Senators David Vitter (R-LA)  and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, et al have been investigating and will continue to hold the administration accountable where possible.

Regulations like these are being forced through with “fake” lawsuits.

The corrupt scheme being used is known as “sue and settle”.  It allows the EPA more freedom in advancing harsh regulations on the public. The scheme works like this according to Senator Vitter of Louisiana:

A far-left environmental group sues a federal department or agency, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), claiming that the government is not satisfying its regulatory obligations. Then, after the group and the EPA plan and discuss the matter – without the involvement of any others, including affected business, landowners, and state and local governments – they draft a settlement agreement committing the agency to regulate a certain sector of the economy or type of private property. All that’s left is to get the presiding judge to bless their friendly agreement.

There’s even a bonus prize in this scheme. Because such a settlement is counted as a “win” for the environmental group plaintiff, that suing group is awarded all of its costs and attorney’s fees, creating a revolving fund for its continuing activity, courtesy of our wallets.

Presto: the left, including the Obama Administration, advances its aggressive environmental agenda. No need for messy Congressional hearings or opposing arguments.

Tens of millions have been spent on these corrupt “lawsuits” but it is impossible to get a handle on it at the EPA because they don’t keep track of their attorney’s time on a case-by-case basis. How CONVENIENT!

During the first term of the Obama Administration, EPA entered into more than 60 “sue and settle” agreements with environmental allies, including 34 lawsuits by Sierra Club, 20 by WildEarth Guardians and nine from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). These agreements, and thus environmental activists, have effectively dictated EPA policy.

The EPA is one more agency politicized by the Obama Administration.

Last year Forbes reported The Chamber of Commerce concluded that Sue and Settle rulemaking is responsible for many of EPA’s “most controversial, economically significant regulations that have plagued the business community for the past few years,” including regulations on power plants, refineries, mining operations, cement plants, chemical manufacturers, and a host of other industries.

One of the most successful and most egregious are the “regional haze requirements under the Clean Air Act.” This Act is being used to force through unreasonable restrictions that are costing states hundreds of millions of dollars.

For example, in Montana, EPA’s proposed Regional Haze controls are nearly 250% more expensive than what that agency’s standing rules presume to be “cost-effective. In 2011, according to Forbes, the EPA disregarded New Mexico’s Regional Haze plan, instead imposing a federal plan that requires nearly $840 million more in capital costs…potentially raising average annual household utility bills by $120.

Louisiana Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is investigating, “using all available tools to bring to light this often abused path to regulatory influence”.

It’s almost impossible to get the EPA to comply with FOIA requests which is the first step in the process.

These sue and settle suits have had serious repercussions to land owners hoping to develop and grow on their property, repercussions which will only get worse.

The studies on which these decisions are made are not even responsibly peer-reviewed. The EPA’s regulations have eliminated the possibility of building new coal refineries and upcoming rules will make it impossible for older facilities to survive. Coal affects 40% of US households. The furnaces and wood-burning stoves will affect another 12%. Fireplaces will affect an even greater number.

The EPA’s regulatory determinations lack accountability and transparency which enables them to accomplish through a renegade pattern of actions what they cannot achieve through democratic legislative processes. Will people finally lash out or just settle in to the seizure of all our energy sources except the impractical and costly ones they allow?

Representative Tammie Wilson speaking to the Associated Press, the Times reported: “Everyone wants clean air. We just want to make sure that we can also heat our homes.” Wilson continued: “Rather than fret over the EPA’s computer–model–based warning about the dangers of inhaling soot from wood smoke, residents have more pressing concerns on their minds as the immediate risk of freezing when the mercury plunges.”

I guess the environmental leftists expect global warming to take care of our heating needs.

The EPA is asking for input on wood-burning stoves using the Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0734 and comments can be sent in any of the following ways:

  1. www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  2. E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov.
  3. Fax: Fax your comments to: (202) 566-9744.
  4. Mail: Send your comments to: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460.
  5. Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. To make special arrangements or for questions, call (202) 566-1742.

**Three sentences were corrected for grammatical errors after publication.

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25 Responses to EPA Bans Most Wood Burning Stoves In a Corrupt Scheme, Fireplaces Next

  1. Tim
    February 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Thank you. Articles like this are why I keep coming back.

    • Robert
      February 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Its amazing how well organized the greens are against us all. There is a website called Hearth.com that is all about wood burning, heating with wood, stoves etc. The greens are well entrenched there and attack like savage dogs anyone who questions the EPA or the left Global Warming agenda.

    • Linn Dallas
      February 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Well all that someone has to do is build the Vietkong Style stove (and put in a homemade stove crafted from a 50 gallon barrel) that runs the smoke outlet line just underneath the ground for twenty feet or so, and allows the smoke to sift through the surrounding vegetation…Point is, in town, we could plant our own vegetation…It all worked then and will still work now…The US thermal imaging planes never discovered them…The ground troops only accidentally discovered them near the wars end

  2. dcnj
    February 5, 2014 at 9:43 am

    and there is nothing you can do about it.

    Tyranny. Period.

  3. OldmanRick
    February 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Just another way for obamabots to impose global warming regulations on the citizenry.

  4. Al
    February 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    How is it that these EPA sue and settle lawsuits are running like a well-oiled machine, but suits against the EPA for failure to comply with FOIA requests continue to stagnate in limbo?

    Lawsuits fail against this regime due to corruption within the regime.
    The courts fail to protect the people against this regime due to corruption within the court system.
    Votes fail to change out the corruptocrats due to corruption with the voting system.

    WHAT OPTIONS ARE LEFT?

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Well. Our ancestors would be shooting by now.

  5. Barbara
    February 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    All such efforts are aimed at control, power, money. Put them in any order, doesn’t matter. Those are the three determinants of all actions by the elite liberal progressives.

    And all that power,control and money will be directed to and controlled by the 1% who are the extreme left liberal progressives..

  6. MontanaConserv
    February 7, 2014 at 1:55 am

    What I find funny is that even in Missoula, MT, the city has a law that bans any wood burning fireplaces or wood stove inserts, etc. in new built home or establishment …. they state that the wood smoke during the winter months is bad for people’s breathing… but, during the fire season, when the smoke in the area is 100 x’s greater they have nothing to say about the National Forest Service lacking the fortitude in putting out fires before they become hundred thousand acres of smoke and ash…. they are all idiots.

    • Phil McMorrow
      February 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I raised a similar point some time ago. I have yet to receive a rational response, only arguments about particulates and smell. I am not a scientist, so I cannot counter. You are right on point, however.

  7. Paul Ballardin
    February 7, 2014 at 4:47 am

    You can make thjis stuff up…”Sue and Settle” is straight out of Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Fear

    • Diane Gustafson
      February 12, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Yes. Unfortunately, because of when this book was published, it looks like the current administration is using it as a playbook.

  8. affinity
    February 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    lets all go back to the stone age and have life expectancy of 40 years. this is all a smoke and mirrors job. it seems the epa has bought into this global warming garbage that has been instigated by a small number of globalist elite do-gooders who want to remake the world according to their own wishes–damn the people–burning wood is so totally against the anti-carbon elite. in fact looking into this further, there is a strand of thought by extreme new ager environmentalists that want to depopulate the world–would be interesting to see how much of the epa has been influenced by new age gaia thinking. This also sounds alot like the echoing chorus of the agenda 21 mandate from the united nations which is also controlled by new age occultic thinking and has invaded the thinking of the nation at many levels of government.

  9. corvettedrm
    February 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Whatever happened to plain common sense ??? How can so many believe lies so easily ???

    And we humans think we are God’s best creation. I’ve been so fortunate to know some awesome four legged as well as some feathered and some scaled ones who are just living their lives … doing what God intended them to do.

    We were told to be “caretakers” … not destroyers.

  10. Robert Morrow
    February 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for the information. Now I am looking to purchase a airless fire wood burning stove and the EPA Corrupt Bureaucrats can go to hell.

  11. mmalc Crawford
    February 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Spread out over 5-8 years? And no need to update existing stoves? In an effort to make the air more pleasant to breathe? And this is *draconian*?

    When I bought my stove recently I looked for one that had as few emissions as possible so that I didn’t reduce the air quality any more than “necessary” for myself and for my neighbours.

    Why? http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/residential-wood-heaters-basic-information#why

    You seem to want to support increased emissions and decreased health. Why?

    • Chris
      February 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Wait, are you telling us that a conservative site is not telling us the truth and instead spreading fear? My whole world is flipped upside down!

  12. J Keller
    February 24, 2014 at 1:19 am

    There you go cowards. I think everyone should have a home inspection by the federal government. Wawawa shut up and follow orders

  13. February 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Command & Control tactics based on psuedo-science to enforce an agenda.

  14. BushyfaceBill
    March 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    If We, the PEOPLE would hold our “government” to the Constitution, this would ALL go away! According to the Constitution, all the “laws” and “statutes” and “codes” and “regulations” are only legal inside the 10 mile square boundaries of Washington, District of Criminals!

  15. March 4, 2014 at 3:05 am

    The EPA needs to do a performance on SLN

  16. March 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

    SNL

  17. Ajeocci
    March 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Isn’t it interesting that the EPA claims to want to reduce particulate matter in the air, but allows Chem Trail planes to dump thousands of tons of particulates, some far more dangerous than wood smoke, in our atmosphere every day. As Sara says, the American people need to wake up, stop watching American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and other mindless programming, and help get rid of the evil regime in Washington, DC. The Obama administration is a Clear and Present Danger to the health, safety and freedom of the American people.

  18. joesmith
    March 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    The EPA has no jurisdiction within the several states of the Union. The ban on gold from Roosevelt had the same problem when it went to the supreme court. the Supreme court rules that presidential (CEO, Executive) orders had no effect outside govt owned land (ie the several states of the Union).

    The president is the CEO of the THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA corporate trust, not the several states of the union.

    The fed can regulate COMMERCIAL PUBLIC COMMERCE, not private enterprise.

    The EPA will break into your house and fine you for the out of date stove and then you will win in court for many reasons in addition to those actions being outside their jurisdiction. Then fine them 500 dollars per hour for stealing your property (time).

    Complaining will do nothing. you have to go to court and sue the corporation (USA) for damages and stealing your property (time)

    Learn that property is everything you own and do.
    Your life is your property.
    Your labor is your most valuable property.
    Traveling is not driving.
    your homestead is not a residence.
    Trading your labor for money is not compensation, or income.
    Rights are absolute, permission is needed for privileges.

    Only you can protect your rights.

  19. MTSNJ
    February 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Very well done Sara.. Just can’t make this up, corruption is rampant. Self serving fools in government Everywhere!!

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