Green Step Program Part 4: Local Air Quality
By Andrew Richter
OK here is part 4 of our look at the Green Step Program. In this section I want to look at Best Practice #23; local air quality.
Here are their “tips.”
Conduct an education/financial assistance campaign around one of the following wood burning/auto exhaust issues
Regulate outdoor wood burning, using model ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:
Outdoor Wood Boilers
So they want to make it illegal to have a fire in your backyard; it must be all that carbon it gives off. In fact they recommend an education/financial assistance program for wood burning. And if you “allow” wood burning they have another tip for you;
Ensure that wood burning is only done with seasoned wood and in a manner that doesn’t negatively impact neighbors.
Oh so you’re going to tell me what wood I can and can’t burn. And how about my fireplace and stove;
Urge community members to upgrade from inefficient/more polluting fireplaces and wood stoves to natural gas/biogas stoves and fireplaces or the most efficient certified wood stoves.
So now your telling me what stoves and fireplaces to have? And on top of that, they want a “financial assistance program!” So that means that they want “us” the taxpayers to subsidize it. I suppose that will be called an investment.
Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:
Now notice what this tip says; education/behavior campaign. This is an attempt to get us to change how we behave through government manipulation.
Decreased vehicle idling in specific locations.
What are you going to do? Make it illegal to warm up your car? Make it illegal to wait to pick someone up and leave the car running? Do we not have bigger problems than vehicle idling?
Increased sales by retail stores of low and no-VOC household products.
Replacement of gasoline-powered equipment with lower polluting equipment.
Once again, you are going to tell me what to buy.
Adoption of a smoking-free policy at one or more multi-unit housing buildings, private or public
Outlaw smoking in private buildings? That must be combat so-called second-hand smoke that all the bleeding hearts whine about. Well, if smoking is so bad, why not just outlaw smoking? Oh that’s right, government needs the tax dollars.
How about this one;
Install at least two public charging stations for plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles.
Two public charging stations? What does that cost? If hybrid and electric cars were popular and affordable, then the private sector would provide this. Notice you don’t see the government installing gas stations do you?
So what do we conclude; this best practice wants to outlaw wood burning and car idling, tell us what kind of stove and fireplace we can have, make it illegal to smoke in private buildings, and install hybrid and electric charging stations at taxpayer expense.
How does that all sound? Big government anyone?