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,…

Every citizen deserves to breathe clean air

Every citizen deserves to breathe clean air Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Lethbridge Herald (lethbridgeherald.com)  Letters, June 12, 2016 On a city street, lighting a wood fire creates an avoidable fire hazard. It also emits high levels of climate-forcing carbon and soot. There’s never a good time to pollute the air that neighbours breathe,…

Put a stop to outdoor burning

Put a stop to outdoor burning Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Calgary Herald (calgaryherald.com)  Letters, May 10, 2016 Re: “Beast’ rekindles memories of Chisholm’s 2001 blaze,” May 7.  [The online edition of the article is entitled: “Battling a fierce beast – Wildfire may be the most intense on record”*] This article highlights some…

End wood burning

  Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Sonoma County Gazette (sonomacountygazette.com) Letters,  November 2015 Laboratory results of wood burning appliances are nothing like real-world emissions. Wood stoves also deteriorate and become less effective with use and over time. When two or more new wood stoves or pellet stoves are used in a neighbourhood or…