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Other nations are leading where we are failing. Canadian cities are trying to get EPA to do something about the pollution from coal-fired power plants making its way north.

I doubt if they can accomplish much, but the snub they'll get from the Bush Admin. will become one more factor deepening our isolation from rational governments around the world.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

They get some of the pollution but thanks to the jet stream, the NE gets hammered.

Mary Rozenberg

Other nations are failing to provide safe, clean affordable energy as well. Thank you Elaine for putting the OWB story together here. You may be interested in linking to our website, that has further information about the OWB public health catastrophe.

However, I disagree with your premise about the success of the EPA clean wood stove campaign. There is an overwhelming body of scientific information that describes the health effects and
societal costs of domestic wood burning even in new wood stoves. Please see and our sister sites in Australia, Canada, and England for more infomation about the highly toxic and invisible pollution that even new certified wood stoves produce.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

No woodburning stoves in cities. I live in the country and have an extensive forest and no one can deliver fuels in winter, I live way up on my mountain. Thus, burning hardwoods is tolerable. The density of population is extremely low. Just like people in northern Norway or Finland, there are places it is OK and makes economic sense especially when coupled with a total passive solar energy house like the one I built.

When it is below zero in winter and the sun is shining, I burn 0% fuels.

So it is a combination of everything. Ii hope the technology of stoves continues to improve. It has STALLED out right now thanks to the Feds ignoring air pollution.


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The power of the sun is immense. The energy in one day of sunlight is more than the world needs. The problem, of course, is how does one harness this power. Solar panels represent the obvious solution, but they have their downside. First, they can be expensive depending upon your energy needs. Second, they do not exactly blend in with the rest of your home.

Passive solar heating represents a panel free method of harnessing the inherent energy found in the sun for heating purposes. If you come out from a store and open the door of your car in the summer, you understand the concept of passive solar heating. A wide variety of material absorbs sunlight and radiates the energy back into the air in the form of heat. Passive solar heating for a home works the same way as the process which overheats your car in the parking lot.

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