What wood smoke has taught me about fighting climate change

There something nasty about reposting this – like posting an embarrassing photo of a sudden ex …

I think the worst thing I’ve ever read by Severin Borenstein by a factor of infinite (said due to Andrew Leach’s claim today that ” “It’s not correct to say you can’t have infinite growth with a finite resource”)
It’s only been two weeks since I wrote/compiled a post on wood burning that cited a good entry at the same blog as this “claim of learning” article today.
A couple of things that might be relevant other than a flippant disregard for the well-being of the planet:

  • the Bay area has some of the worst air in the United States, and is among the most desirable places to live in the world (it’s a very weak contender for poor air quality internationally, as most of the residents there would know);
  • the earth is NOT warming due to the invention of heating with wood, or the heavy utilization of California’s rapidly drying wood stock, and everybody on the planet knows it.

If you have respiratory issues and you can smell your neighbour’s fire, tell them you think they are acting like assholes – you’d appear like less of an asshole if you suggested they should get a modern stove instead of suggesting they eliminate wood heating for coal … or methane … or economics textbooks

Energy Institute Blog

While much of the U.S. has been dealing with severe winter weather, California is experiencing a record dry spell.    The clear skies have also brought some cold nights and, with them, wood smoke.  What I’ve noticed in my neighborhood is that the desire for a cozy wood fire cuts across political lines.  And as the local air quality authority has called a record number of no-burn days due to poor air quality (high levels of PM 2.5, the fine particulates that can get through the respiratory system and lodge in lungs), the anger at restrictions on those cozy fires has also cut across political lines.

Many of these neighbors are friends of mine.  They are caring people who recycle their newspapers and bring home their groceries in reusable bags.    Most are concerned about pollution in general and believe that greenhouse gases are causing potentially devastating climate change.  Yet, they ignore…

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