Air district officials ask residents to refrain from burning wood Tuesday, Wednesday Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Dec 28, 2011 at 6:24 am
While district officials have not issued Spare the Air alerts, they are recommending that residents refrain from burning wood to allow Bay Area skies to recover from unhealthy levels of smoke pollution from the holiday weekend.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 2:32 PM
Posted by Citizen Paine, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 28, 2011 at 7:43 am
Please accept a late Holiday gift, George -- it's a clue. The Bay Area is a wonderful place to live, and there are so many of us that've resolved to do so that we occasionally have to cooperate for the common good.
If you were still reading, I'd also tell you about the lack of rain and the atmospheric inversions we've had over the last several weeks, that have made the problem temporarily worse. Spare the Air helps, but is not a complete solution. I know my lungs have been scratchy for several days, and I'm not very suggestible.
If you really Need to see your air, there's always that city down south...
Posted by Duffy, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 28, 2011 at 9:26 am
Why not settle for half a loaf? Allow burning on non-burn days from those houses on the North side of the street. The next time from those houses on the south side. That way you cut the emisions in half! Better than what they are achieving now.....
Posted by American, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 28, 2011 at 11:13 am
In the 70's the mantra was "set the thermostat at 67" and the government stresed the importance of saving energy.
I heard a government ad yesterday on the radio actually saying to "turn up your thermostat" instead of burning a log in the fireplace.
I get it that nobody likes poor air quality, and if we lived on top of each other in condominiums or apartments, maybe it would be an issue if a neighbor constantly burned logs in fireplace. But as usual liberal goverment has gone too far, putting the same restrictions on everyone, regardless of if you live in the country 20 miles from any neighbors, or live in an apartment. One size does not fit all.
Is it really better to require a person in the country to turn up his thermostat and use more energy to heat his home, than put one log in the fire place?
Posted by Highlander, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 29, 2011 at 8:06 am
Our government has transformed into fascist controlling major industry for its own benefit and regulating every single facet of our lives. Every single facet. Is there anything that isn't now regulated or controlled from top down?
Posted by cardinal, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Dec 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Really, Samantha? You'd do something that harms everyone just to get back at Al Gore? Are you gonna at least write to him and tell him, because otherwise he might not ever find out that you sure showed him!
Posted by Samantha, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:18 am
Better comrade cardinal sent it to Comrade Barry on ANOTHER vacation and his Marie Antoinette Mooshell hulaing in her thousand dollar sundresses eating lobster while cardinal and other minions obediently enjoy their tofu and grass clippings.
Posted by askidoo, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jan 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm
A few facts might add to the initial discussion. From the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board website they have some interesting data (Key Events in History of Air Quality in CA). In 1995 there was statewide a 58% and 80% reduction in Nox and HC respectively despite a 137% increase in miles driven over 1970.
After 2000 however their quantifiable data in the timeline pretty much disappears and instead they note all of their legislative feats: they "adopted, sponsored, determined and amended" but little hard data after 2000.
So a great job was done in a 30 year time span, (thus children have been protected) in spite of increasing vehicle miles. So why the continuing onslaught of legislation and watchfulness down to what or when someone burns wood if they have a fireplace (and many don't)? That seems picayune and more about keeping the agency viable along with the employees than about the need for air quality.