Well, despite all the hooplah around the web this weekend over this news story, one who has lived up in that area knows where this is coming from. There has been a consistent effort on the part of policy people in the NW to push homeowners away from wood stoves. Currently, only state-certified stoves can be purchased. And, they can only be installed by state-certified official wood stove installers.
But Seattle Parks and Recreation might do what even this week's chilly weather couldn't -- douse the long tradition of beach bonfires at Alki and at Golden Gardens.
Park department staff is recommending reducing bonfires at the two beaches this summer and possibly banning them altogether next year.
The park board will hear the recommendation Thursday, and the city plans to run public-service announcements and hand out brochures later this month about the effects of bonfires on global warming.
According to a memo to the park board from the staff released Thursday, "The overall policy question for the Board is whether it is good policy for Seattle Parks to continue public beach fires when the carbon ... emissions produced by thousands of beach fires per year contributes to global warming."
I only see this story out of Seattle as another in a long line of measures to do away with any kind of personal burning. Whether that is wood stoves, bonfires, backyard BBQs, and pretty soon... fireworks.
Like I said, I am not surprised and neither should you. These people are voted in to office by you people. You want to decrease governmental budgets, decrease utility bills, decrease gas prices, increase individual liberties, increase funding for troops and the war of the southern border.... then elect the right people.