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Is the Gestapo coming for your wood stove?

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:15 pm

OPINION
March 02, 2012

Is the Gestapo coming for your wood stove?

There are a few bills that pass through the Legislature each year that put legislators between a rock and a hard place. This year, a bill that proposes to ban wood burning stoves has principled-based thinkers crying foul and pragmatists scratching their heads.

HB 2326 proponents say that this bill is aimed at staving off the Environmental Protection Agency that is bearing down on what is called a “nonattainment” areas—those areas where air pollution has exceeded the EPA’s standards. Presumably, this pollution is caused from burning wood, smoke billows out your chimney and then it adversely affects your neighbors. From a strict property rights standpoint, I would say that there probably should be some restrictions placed on burning when it impacts your neighbors.

Proponents of HB 2326 say this bill is necessary to protect people in the primary, identified nonattainment areas that spans Lakewood, Puyallup, Edgewood, University Place and a huge swath of Tacoma. What proponents say, is that without taking legislative steps to increase burn-bans in these areas, then the EPA will swoop in like a deranged pterodactyl and aimlessly spread regulations far worse than if the state intervened. The bill is also crafted to minimize the state’s input and push the decisions down as far into local control as possible. This local control just happens to be pollution control boards that aren’t as near accountable as elected officials, but that’s another story.

Definitions are often the point of controversy in legislation, and opponents of HB 2326 get hung up on one definition in particular. In this bill, the legislature is expanding the definition of “prohibit the use of”. Most of us understand the definition of “prohibits the use of” and in the context of wood stoves, this means you cannot use it during burn-bans. The legislature, however, has greatly expanded the definition to include removing and destroying wood stoves—this clearly isn’t the common meaning of “prohibiting the use of”. Here is the exact definition from the bill:

“Prohibit the use” or “prohibition” may include requiring disclosure, removal, rendering inoperable, providing evidence of destruction, or other similar requirements as may be approved by rule by a local air pollution control authority or the department.”

This brings up questions of proper legal form—that an author should be as clear as possible and not create new meanings for words. Clearly, this bill redefines a word that needs no further definitions. This legal form faux pas confuses the issue. In spite of this unusual redefinition of plain English words, if passed, this bill potentially allows pollution control boards incredible reach into people’s homes. If legislators do intend to provide an expansion of power to local government, then clearly saying it helps. The bill could have said that local pollution control boards may prohibit the use of wood stoves, and create additional rules that may cause removal of such a device. Not that I would have agreed with this, but it would have been better legal form.

So why does this put legislators between a rock and a hard place? Imagine if you were a legislator with constituents in a nonattainment zone? How would you vote? Would you vote “no” and subject your constituents to a worse outcome that will be imposed by the EPA? Or would you vote “yes” and possibly start down a slippery slope that makes wood burning stoves obsolete throughout our state? Or would you have worked for a third option?

Let us know in the comments below.

HB 2326 information [click here]

Author
Scott Roberts

source
http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/inde ... wood_stove
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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Re: Is the Gestapo coming for your wood stove?

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:07 pm

Gestapo indeed.

No one wants these 'gestapos,' right?

Who wants the Health Department gestapo to make sure there are no rat feces in their food.
Who wants the Police Department gestapo to catch that drunk driver that may kill their family member.
Who wants the FBI gestapo to find that terrorist that may blow up that building full of a thousand people.

The author ought to do some research into the tenets of The Nazi Party of 1930s Germany and see for
himself what the real Gestapo was all about. If all the 1930 Germans had to worry about from their Gestapo
was their wood stoves, perhaps 20th century European history might have been somewhat different (?)
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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