Welcome to beautiful and smoky Klamath County. What?!? Smoky? Yes, smoky. With several forest fires in full swing, the Klamath Basin looks like San Francisco with a bank of fog that will never leave.
But fear not. The EPA has one air quality monitor in Klamath Falls that will record the poor air quality and issue fines for Klamath County not meeting the EPA’s air quality standards. What’s that? The EPA does not measure air quality during the summer months? What?!? The EPA only measures air quality during winter months when people heat their homes with affordable firewood? Hmmmm. Seems like another government policy that sounds good, “prevent poor air quality” but really has a hidden agenda — eliminate the use of fire places and un-sanctioned wood stoves.
If the Klamath County Commissioners wanted to make a point at how ineffective the EPA is at making air quality “safe”, they should quickly pass the “Clean Air Ordinance of Klamath County.” Next they should fine the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM for causing hellish air quality with their negligent forest and land management policies. Finally they should fine the EPA for their inability to keep air quality “safe” during the summer months.
The chance of any Federal agency paying the county fines for their ineptness is low, but an important point would be made, exposing the EPA’s hypocrisy and other agencies inability to effectively manage surrounding timberlands. Moreover, the next time any EPA bureaucrat wants to fine Klamath County due to “poor air quality” (because of wood stoves), we would just point out the fact that if wood stoves can generate a fine because they burn wood, then so should forest fires (which are equivalent to 10 million unfiltered wood stoves burning at once). Local county government will be more than happy to pay fines due to poor air quality caused by burning of firewood to keep citizens warm, but the Federal Government must pay their fines first.
We conservatives are for clean air. That is why many of us live here. However, we will not put up with the EPA telling us that wood stoves are detrimental to our health. If the EPA really cared, like they pretend, they would fine the Forest Service and BLM for the life-threatening air quality we are breathing right now.
Alas, I won’t hold my breath...