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Have you ever heard of “Global Warming”?
What about “Climate Change”?
Whatever you decide to name it — the United States government has seriously been taking steps to fight this invisible enemy while continuing to insult all those who don’t believe in its existence.
However, the purpose of this article is not to discuss the whole Climate Change debate, instead it is to point out how this bogus argument is being used to crack-down on energy-rights within America.
As reported by Forbes Contributor Larry Bell…
“It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore. The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West.”
“While EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) most recent regulations aren’t altogether new, their impacts will nonetheless be severe. Whereas restrictions had previously banned wood-burning stoves that didn’t limit fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 microgram limit. To put this amount in context, EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter.
Most wood stoves that warm cabin and home residents from coast-to-coast can’t meet that standard. Older stoves that don’t cannot be traded in for updated types, but instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal.”
According to Bell, The EPA is essentially banning the production and sale of 80% of America’s wood-burning stoves because they can’t meet the extremely difficult task of being “More Green” or “Environmentally Friendly”
Although this may not seem like a very big deal to some, According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 survey statistics — roughly 2.4 million U.S. citizens (12%) burned wood as their primary source of heat. But now because of the EPA’s stringent policies, the companies who produced wood-stoves are likely going to face a massive blow to its inventory and profitability.
Not only are they going to lose money ‘trashing’ the wood-stoves that the EPA has deemed inoperable, but they are also going to have to shell-out even more cash to put toward research and development in order to create a wooden-stove that meets the EPA’s wacky standards.
Oh wait, but lets not forget about the costs that the companies will incur in order to begin mass-producing the new wooden-stoves that they just spent an arm and leg producing.
Oh wait, and we can’t forget about marketing costs, you know those creative commercials that we all love so much.
Once you take all these factors into consideration, you find yourself wondering whether or not it would be more profitable to simply abandon the wood-stove industry all together.
Unfortunately, this will probably be the conclusion that many of the companies come to once they calculate the costs. Not to mention the fact that many of the investors and stock-holders will probably ‘bail-out’ once they discovered that the EPA has essentially placed a ‘bounty’ on the industry’s head.
It is no secret that America is a mess.
And this is just a brief overview.
Yet even when you consider all of this, lets not forget the fact that our nation is up to our eye-balls in national debt.
We owe so much money in fact that lead economist estimate that every U.S. citizen both man and child would have to pay roughly 50,000 at once in order for us to pay it all back.
Is there any wonder why citizens are beginning to prepare?
Many people have begun to ‘wake up’ and realize that they need to take the steps necessary to ensure that they and their family are protected in the case of an emergency.
So in addition to storing items such as…
‘Preppers’ (a term often given to those who prepare for emergencies) have also been investing in another alternative source of heat, which is why wood-stove industry was booming.
Not only was this a very inexpensive way to keep your home warm in cold months, but in the event that there is every a power-shortage — your wood-burning stove would continue to heat your home.
Yet despite the fact that men have been burning wood to heat their homes since the dawn of humanity — the EPA managed to use its powers of persuasion to convince society that these wood-burning stoves are ‘hazardous’.
They then play on your emotions by showing you pictures of babies and telling you that you are a bad parent if you allow your child to breathe in the harmful toxins from the ‘evil’ wood-burning stoves (Or cars, or anything else that produces CO2).
But the sad part? People buy into it.