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Well, considering Prop 2 outright bans coal, and my outdoor boiler regardless of which fuel I use… And sets up police powers for the Borough to measure the moisture in your wood pile to ensure you have dry wood… As well as setting up opacity measurements for wood smoke (but doesn’t apply to any other types of smoke even though oil boilers, wood boilers, and coal boilers all produce very opaque smoke at -30 through -50 F….) in which a ‘code enforcement officer’ objectively determines if you smoke is too opaque (also, never mind the lack of daylight during winter in AK, or that its banning the most economical fuel sources at this present time requiring us to burn oil or ‘approved’ wood stoves).

All this, because the people who live in Ester literally badgered people into signing petitions at the Library and soccer practices. Yup, I can confirm that its the Ester crowd, while I running the Equinox Ultra Marathon on Ester Dome; all the Subaru’s, Volkswagens, and Audis had “Yes on 2” signs and stickers as well as the properties. Obviously, its meant to get riff-raff like my family out of town so that the folks who can afford the $20,000 Volkswagens and Audi and the fuel oil to heat their hilltop homes don’t have smell my wood or coal smoke regardless of the actual air quality (by they way, we have worse air quality in summer with our 1,000,000+ acre forest fires… but those don’t count toward ‘attainment’ or ‘non-attainment’ of PM 2.5 standards… Which is the only reason we are non-compliant, it used to be PM 10 until we obtained compliance, funny how the number moves like that!).

I borrowed Antonia Prohias’ cartoon of the sheep skin drapped over the hammer and sickle. Its the cartoon that got him kicked out of Cuba… Incidentally responsible for his employment by MAD! Magazine and the creation of “Spy Vs Spy”.

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