Tax incentives to cleanly burn wood

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  • CaresAboutHealth Aus, 00
    Jan. 12, 2015 9:46 p.m.

    It would be silly to repeat the mistakes of Libby, Montana, where $2.5 million was spent replacing all the old stoves with new EPA-certified wood ones. In reality the so-called 'clean-burning' stoves were almost as dirty as the old ones - woodsmoke pollution fell by just 28%.

    Unless they can find another $2.5 million to replace the new stoves with non-polluting alternatives, the end result of such a silly policy will be to lock in unhealthy pollution for decades to come.

    Far better to bite the bullet and install non-polluting heating in the first place. Modern heat-pumps are so efficient they can deliver 5 or 6 times as much heat to the home as they use in electricity. The UN Environment program recommended phasing out log-burning wood stoves in developed countries to reduce global warming as well as improve health - woodsmoke dot 3sc dot net/greenhouse

    The American Lung Association (ALA) "cautions against wood-burning and urges cleaner alternatives for winter heat"

    Until there really are clean-burning wood stoves, the best option is to follow the ALA's advice.

  • Vic Steblin Prince George, BC, Canada,
    Dec. 26, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    The really poor don't even have a place to heat, and the moderately poor often live in apartment blocks that do NOT allow wood burning. Every wood burner I know has a big truck and big attitude. They burn because for now they can!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 26, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    I think the problem is taxation by inflation without representation. When the price of goods went up they[the Gov] gets more taxes. as the price goes down their going Oh Oh.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 26, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    The wood stove I use burns at the bottom then collects the gas at the ceiling and burns it again than it goes into another chamber above the ceiling that burns what's there than again as it inters the flue pipe there is another burner so as it leaves the house I have the most heat out of the wood as I can possibly get with the least possible dirt in the air. But I love the smell of a wood fire. I love smoked cheese and meat.