Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Just Freeze! EPA Says Burning Wood Is Bad, but so Is Natural Gas, Coal, Oil
So, you’re living in Fairbanks, Alaska, and it’s 45 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. The high today will be -39 degrees below zero. The weather services all project lots more double-digit minus numbers in the coming days and weeks, with dips into the minus 50s and 60s. Heating oil prices are killing your family budget, so you crank up the wood stove and start burning some of the firewood you collected last summer. Uh-oh! Now you’re in trouble!

Yes, you’re merely trying to survive economically — along with trying to keep the wife, kids, and grandma from freezing to death. Of course, that's not a mere theoretical possibility in these temps — but federal EPA bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., have determined that fine particulate matter (soot) in your wood smoke is verboten.
Moscow's Homeless Walk All Night to Avoid Freezing to Death - ABC News
Recently a friend was among the estimated 220 Russians who have died during the past three weeks, the longest deep freeze here in 75 years. Temperatures have fallen as far as -14F on some nights. Few days have risen above 2F.
Syrian "mothers" struggling against cold
These women, who cannot find warm clothes and cannot warm up the tents for their children, are praying for fighting to end immediately, and for returning their home.
The Planet’s Robot Rescuers | Via Meadia
Environmentalists need to stop thinking of progress as their worst enemy; it is their best and perhaps their only true friend.

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