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Rescuing an old wood stove from the iron scrap and putting it in the cottage may soon be a thing of the past - if the environmental fascists have their way.
Ah, the stove. It's only been around for 150 years (roughly speaking), but for me it's still one of the first things I think of when I dream back to the old days and the lives of former family members.
But now the daydreaming will soon be over. That is, if you actually want to take the plunge and install an old wood-burning stove in your kitchen or cottage and preserve a small part of our Swedish cultural heritage.
For now, from July 2018, the state in principle prohibits the new installation of old wood-burning stoves - "for the sake of the environment". The overprotection strikes again. If you install an old wood-burning stove in your home, despite the higher efficiency requirements, both the householder and the housewife become criminals. My advice is not to tell. A Swedish tiger, as it is called.
However, it is still possible to make a fire for the crows in a fireplace, says the government. The bottom line is that it's okay to burn as much as you want, as long as you don't get much use out of the fire. But good luck if you've managed to scrape together a penny and want to save an old wood-burning stove so you too can fry up some meatballs and warm yourself on a cold winter's day when the power goes out.
At the same time, we have another part of the government (the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) that says that citizens must take more responsibility and become better at coping on their own if, for example, the power goes out.
Logical? No, the state is not known for being logical.
Not to mention such a thing as THREE BILLION people in the world cook over an open fire. Every day.
Now, of course, the long arm of the Swedish state can't reach all the way over there and take care of the little environmentalist, although I'm sure they'd throw themselves (and our tax money!) at the challenge if they had the chance.
Instead, they go after the Swedish subjects - in this case the big problem of all Swedes (how many do you think?) who buy used wood stoves on Blocket for their summer cottage to cook and keep warm when the power goes out.
Of course, this ban does not affect people with fat wallets who can spend 20,000 SEK on a newly produced eco-labelled wood stove that meets the stricter requirements. It will affect people who are a bit more frugal, who will simply have to do without a wood stove. It affects people in rural areas. It will affect people in Norrland. It affects the same people who are hardest hit by the petrol tax increases, who also happen to be the same people who suffer most from power cuts and are most left out in crises.
They should have a harder time standing on their own two feet, says the state. Because the eco-fascist state hates independent people. Especially less well-off people who are so brazen that they buy second-hand, so the state loses out on both VAT and profit tax.
But the supervisory authorities do not stand unchallenged. Righteous people do not stand as subjects and bow down before the state, humbly thanking it for looking out for the good of us all - not to mention the good of the environment - as it tightens its noose around our freedoms. When the state engages in foolishness, and it often does, then one must cry foul. That rule applies whether we are talking about old wood-burning stoves or tax-subsidised superpower ambitions.
"He must shout loudly who wants to scare the devil", as the old saying goes. This is also true when you want to scare politicians and bureaucrats. The one who shouts the loudest wins.
What, then, do the less well-off commoners demand of those in power in the country who still have their wits about them?
We demand an unconditional exemption for the cultural treasures that are our old wood-burning stoves, and that exemption must extend so far into the future that today's reality-deprived bureaucrats have long since retired and been replaced by people who at least have one foot on the ground.
We demand what old and ancient has been, as Smålands allmoge once demanded of Gustav Vasa. We demand some sense. A little common sense. A little logic. A little humility. Is that too much to ask?
At the same time, I appeal to all the country's chimney sweeps, if these irrational rule changes become reality, take the side of the little person especially if you happen to come home to someone who has put in an old clunker of a wood stove that may not meet the modern environmental requirements of the vegan electric bike-subsidising government. Look between your fingers. Free rather than trap. Practice civil disobedience. It's in your power to do right when the state does wrong.
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