Ten thousand years ago the people of this valley burned wood fires every day and night to provide heat to warm their homes, to cook, for light, safety and more, as did everyone else all over the Earth.
Mother Nature had no problem with this all this time until now. Now the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District tells us they want to curb particulate matter (PM-2.5) by using Rule 4901 and cracking down on burning firewood to heat your homes. (Somebody's in Pacific Gas & Electric's pocket.)
I recall this valley 45 years ago, and the air was fresh and clean. So what have we learned? The air board needs to go after the real cause of the problem and quit trying to fool us into believing that it's fireplaces that have to go to save us from the feds and save lives. It's what has happened after we stopped using fireplaces that is the problem.
Wake up, air board. You are in la-la land. Do your job and address the real polluters, and leave our home hearths burning as they should.
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Editor's Note: Restricting fireplace use is one strategy in the air district's 2012 plan. The full report is available at www.valleyair.org. Click on "2012 PM2.5 Plan."