Save the planet: ban woodburning/ by sylvia kronstadt

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Save the planet: ban woodburning/ by sylvia kronstadt
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Sat, 11-05-2011 - 11:23am
Burn in Hell
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Registered: 10-25-2006

Thanks for raising awareness of how much woodburning pollutes our air.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 03-03-2009
There are many rural areas where heating with wood is the only choice due to access and/or economics.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-02-2009

We should ban people that write articles like this.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 10-25-2006

Yes, sometimes woodburning is the only affordable option for residential heating.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Seems to me that a transaction tax would be too sweeping a measure if the intent is to cut our reliance on (and the near monopoly of) fossil fuels.

Subsidizing solar cell production and installation would definitely be a better way to go here in the sunny Southwest.

If people are able to get off the grid by using solar PV's, they would no longer need to burn wood. Requiring new construction to be energy efficient, to take advantage of terrain and orientation, would also be helpful in reducing need (and demand) for heat.

I live in Albuquerque which lies at the feet of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. We get inversions which trap pollution in the Rio Grande valley. On days when weather conditions favor inversion creation, home owners are told to NOT burn wood unless they have no other source of heat.

But I have no intention of giving up my wood-burning fireplace even though I have used it once since moving in five years ago. As grossly inefficient as it is (my engineer DH says most of the heat goes up the chimney), it's a alternative source of warmth when power fails or the gas company shuts off or calls for reduced use of natural gas as they did at the end of last January. Many New Mexicans had burst pipes, there was a run on electric space heaters at local hardware stores, and some people who had no alternative to natural gas were forced to leave their homes or freeze (temps got down to -13 degrees F, even here in ABQ)

Jabberwocka

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True.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 03-02-2009
When all that you have is hammer, everything looks like a nail.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 03-03-2009

There are plenty of small investors on Wall Street, and they're investing (or speculating, if you will) in more than fossil fuels. If the tax was geared only towards the biggest transactions, then it might make some sense.

Better yet, eliminate the tax breaks fossil fuel producers now think are their...... errrrr........ ummmmm ......... entitlements. Some of the same people who are attempting to pillory Obama for Solyndra's demise are not above feeding at the trough of "incentives" for "clean"****gasp, cough, choke, wheeze**** coal, shale oil and tar sands. Huh.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-03-2009
OK, that was funny!

Jabberwocka