Is there anything they won’t interfere with? State with trees in flag is whining about burning logs

Ten attorneys general, including Oregon’s Ellen Rosenblum, have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the federal agency has failed to update its residential wood-burning stove emissions standards, leading to continued pollution and health risks.

The complaint, filed late last week, alleges both that the federal agency’s current standards aren’t good enough and that the agency’s wood-stove testing and certification program fails to ensure that new wood-burning stoves comply with the emission limits.

The lawsuit seeks to have the federal agency institute and enforce new standards for residential wood heaters to decrease emissions. 

Keeping it old school. 19th Century Lincoln wood stove. CC BY-SA 4.0

The hard truth is this: Alaska has a population of 736,081, as of the 2020 census, over half of whom live in the Anchorage bowl. The rest of us, especially those of us who live out in the woods — and over an area large enough to swallow up Texas, California, and Montana combined — depend in large part on our wood stoves, using locally cut firewood and plenty of it. We don’t have problems with air pollution, smoke, particulate, or anything else. There’s just too much land and too few people for it to be an issue here.

The EPA won’t take these differences into account. Washington won’t take these differences into account. That’s why the republic was set up the way it was; government that governs least governs best, and to be responsive, government functions should be carried out by elected officials as close to the individual citizens as possible. More at REDSTATE