Dear President Trump: Why EPA Wood Burning Regulations Should Be Rescinded

By:Warren Walborn

Dear President Trump:

It seems that for the EPA, “even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore”.

According to Forbes, “The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2014/01/29/epas-wood-burning-stove-ban-has-chilling-consequences-for-many-rural-people/#739173ec7ee0

President Trump, I am one of your strongest supporters. I now represent a large group of the wood burning industry, and I would like to request that you reverse these EPA regulations on our industry, which went into effect January 2016. These regulations are described in detail here:  https://www.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/final-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters

It is much wiser to institute these regulations on a local level, such as in urban areas. The EPA under President Obama greatly overreached by instituting these regulations on a national level. At one hearing I attended, participants from rural Michigan demonstrated (rather embarrassingly for the EPA) how people who burn wood live in rural areas where they do not have access to cheap natural gas, and they live in areas that are not densely populated; therefore, emissions from burning this renewable fuel are harmless. Note that wood burning is “carbon neutral”, since the carbon dioxide emitted from wood burning equals the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the tree when it was growing.

This wood burning industry consists of 2.4 million homes (12 percent of all homes) that burn wood as their primary heating fuel. The industry also consists of over 50 manufacturers, although due to this recent EPA regulations, some of these manufacturers have exited the industry, many through bankruptcy.

I see that your administration is removing EPA regulations that are harmful to the American economy. This article lists 67 rules your administration is removing: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html

I would like to request that you add these wood burning regulations to your list of EPA regulations that you will reverse.

Please let me know – I have over 60,000 customers who follow my new company and I would like to inform them via our newsletters and announcements of your willingness to reverse these regulations.

Thank you,
Warren Walborn
President & CEO
Hawken Support