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January 19, 2013

"Ban nuclear, shut down coal fired plants, and everyone can burn coal and wood in their individual stoves. It’ll be just like 1910 – when the air was nice and clean."

Ah wilderness! It’s Spreading… Freezing Germans Join Greeks – Steal Wood to Keep Homes Heated This Winter

With energy costs escalating, more Germans are turning to wood burning stoves for heat. That, though, has also led to a rise in tree theft in the country’s forests. Woodsmen have become more watchful.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 19, 2013 3:58 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Told ya so!!!!!

Posted by: Lazarus Long at January 19, 2013 4:57 PM

Have any of these people ever seen photos of industrial cities that were taken around 1910? The air in the Ruhr Valley, for instance, is much cleaner today than it was then. The stupidity of the eco-freaks continues to boggle the mind.

Posted by: waltj at January 19, 2013 8:40 PM

...the eco-freaks continues to boggle the mind.
Quite so especially since burning Styrofoam produces more heat and keeps it out of the landfills.

Posted by: Peccable at January 20, 2013 5:45 AM

Peccable - Quite so. However, it ought perhaps to be noted that clean-burning many modern materials is more difficult than it sounds. Burning Styrofoam tends to make a lot of smoke - and burning the sort of plastic used in furniture these days produces some really nasty poisons.

Garbage incinerators are fairly complex and need careful monitoring to reduce toxic output. And burning some things (PVC for example) produces poisons that just have to be scrubbed out.

My favoured method? Separate ferrous scrap - which is just about as simple as it gets. And just burn all the rest at high temperature. Scrub the flue gases to remove mercury vapour, lead and cadmium particles, HCl gas, that sort of thing. The ash will have significant amounts of metallic aluminium in it, which after removing all the organic trash ought to be fairly easy to separate.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at January 20, 2013 6:44 AM

Well, not so much in parts of CA where they have imposed "Spare The Air" days and burning *anything* [including backyard burgers] carries a $100 - $500 fine...


Irony Alert: CA is so broke they don't have the money to hire many Burn Cops...

Posted by: Claire at January 20, 2013 6:57 AM

Well, not so much in parts of CA where they have imposed "Spare The Air" days and burning *anything* [including backyard burgers] carries a $100 - $500 fine...


Irony Alert: CA is so broke they don't have the money to hire many Burn Cops...

Posted by: Claire at January 20, 2013 6:57 AM

Fucking Shiite. A true woodsmen cannot become more watchful as they are on full watch mode already by virtue of being a woodsmen.

Posted by: notquiteunBuckley at January 20, 2013 7:36 AM

Isn't there a scene just like this in "Doctor Zhivago"?

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at January 20, 2013 11:58 AM

As an aside, I've lived in places where the poorer people have to burn plastics, rubber, green wood, Styrofoam, etc. for fuel (I'm living in one now). No clean-burn technology, just throw the stuff in a metal trash can and light it with a match. Hell, people even cook their food that way--"I must have your recipe for tire-smoked goat haunch". Yummy. The air gets every bit as bad as you think it would with this witch's brew in it.

Posted by: waltj at January 20, 2013 6:07 PM

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