The Bay Area Air Quality Management District explains pre-industrial life expectancy.
About the ongoing inversion in the Bay Area and the BAAQMD’s Orwellian effort to stop fireplace use, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
… “It is all about controlling people and telling them how they should live,” said a resident of unincorporated Mill Valley who declined to use his name because he fears retribution for his regular use of his fireplace.
He and many others who view the bans on wood burning as Orwellian intrusions into their private lives simply ignored the holiday alerts. Some 400 people reported smoke coming out of a neighbor’s chimney over the Christmas weekend. Another 411 reported on neighbors who lit blazes in their homes over New Year’s weekend. The holiday finger-pointing resulted in 108 potential violations that are being reviewed by the air district.
Overall, 2,618 people have tattled to the district about wood fires and smoking chimneys since November, resulting in 314 total violations. That’s compared with almost 2,400 complaints in 2009-10. There were 1,400 complaints in 2010-11, but there were only four air alerts.
Quite a few of the firebugs may soon be getting belated gifts in the mail, but the presents are unlikely to rekindle the holiday spirit. People caught with their hand in the tinder box during alerts receive a warning if it is their first violation. Repeat offenders get $400 citations unless there are extenuating circumstances, like a wood stove being the only available method of heating the house.
Fasano said it is not the home but the hearth that the district is trying to regulate.
“What we want to do is have people really think twice before they burn” and “help them understand how unhealthy wood burning is,” Fasano said. “We may have been doing this for thousands of years, but we didn’t live as long either.”