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Letter: U.S. energy policies are misguided

By John F. Elskamp, Fulda It appears the EPA is caught in a crossfire. It encourages us to avoid fossil fuels and not cause pollution by burning wood in our stoves and fireplaces, and use other renewable fuels. To comply with new regulations, our...

By John F. Elskamp, Fulda

It appears the EPA is caught in a crossfire. It encourages us to avoid fossil fuels and not cause pollution by burning wood in our stoves and fireplaces, and use other renewable fuels.
To comply with new regulations, our wood burners will need some form of forced draft and possibly a catalytic burner of some type - perhaps a thermal-driven motor for a draft system. Many wood burners are used in areas without electricity and by people with limited income.
The country making an effort to get away from fossil fuels is Japan, with its hydrogen fuel cell automobile. It has no fossil fuels, had bad luck with nuclear power and limited solar and wind power; it is surrounded with hydrogen.
The U.S. continues to expand its fossil fuel infrastructure when it should be expanding the hydrogen fuel infrastructure. This may also make products like anhydrous ammonia more available for agricultural use. The carbon emission from hydrogen is zero. What more could we ask?

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