The hearth industry’s wood stove-to-wood stove exchanges and false promises about “EPA-certified” wood stoves are smoke-screens

  Wood stove exchange programs have now been going on for nearly three decades. Many people, including probably most elected officials and even many directors and board members of some air quality agencies, have been led to believe that such programs first began as a government-led health initiative. But although the hearth industry has been…

A recent study highlights the fact that wood smoke is partly responsible for a rising number of deaths from lung disease

  “Traditional wood-burning ovens may be behind a surge in lung disease deaths, an expert has claimed. Professor Onno van Schayck, of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, made the claim after reviewing alarming new global data. Global figures showed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused by smoking and pollution, claimed 3.2 million lives in 2015. And…

Why is the BC Lung Association not yet advocating strongly for wood burning bans?

Why is the BC Lung Association not yet advocating strongly for wood burning bans? Its connection to the Western Canada chapter of the wood burning industry’s largest lobby group is undoubtedly a major part of the reason why the organization has to date provided neither: strong advocacy for complete residential wood burning bans which are essential…

The hearth industry lobbies all levels of government in opposing clean air legislation

  Financial interests of the highly polluting wood burning industry are represented and promoted by the hearth industry’s main lobby organization, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA).   The HPBA’s website outlines some of the organization’s past and ongoing policies, campaigns, and interventions that advance the interests of business owners, and that discourage lawmakers from…

Alberta’s problematic Bioenergy Producer Program

By giving subsidies even to companies that would produce increased carbon and particle emissions from the production and burning of woody biomass sources including wood pellets, the Alberta government would be hurting, rather than helping to protect, the environment, and would be placing public health at risk. An October 25, 2016  Alberta Government press release announced that the Alberta government’s Bioenergy Producer Program,…