On Burn Bans and Trade-ins

Municipal governments from California to New England have begun instating “burn bans” for its residents this winter, and to much hubbub. Citing air quality–specifically, the fine-particle pollution smoke can create–state governments have taken measures to restrict the use of wood-burning devices, including fireplaces, pellet stoves and wood stoves–most recently (and notably) on the days of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A recent New York Times article explores the exchange incentive programs some cities are offering–a la Cash for Clunkers and the proposed Cash for Caulkers. In this particular case, in return for discarding older, wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, residents are awarded $1,000 towards the purchase of a newer, more energy-efficient model.

The residents’ mixed reactions about both the bans and trade-in program are interesting; to learn more, check out “Where There’s Smoke…There’s a Trade-in” here.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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