"Plus I think many heat their homes with coal, as we used to in the US before we decided to make our air safer to breathe."The reason people heated with coal was it was the better choice between coal and wood.My grandparents built a house in Palisade, NJ.....oh...back around 1910. Your choices for heat were1) Wood burning stove or fire places2) Coal burning 'furnace' in the basement that heated first and second floors.They were 'modern' with a few light bulbs in the house!....wow!...too! They had a coal burning stove. You had to feed it manually.....and at night, you put in some coal, turned it down, and put a couple extra blankets on the bed on cold nights .You had to have a separate area in the basement to store the coal...you got it delivered every couple weeks by a coal truck that dumped it down a chute into to basement storage 'coal bin'. When heating OIL.....became available as Rockerfeller developed the oil refining business.....as a byproduct...folks began to switch to oilMy grandparents switched from coal to oil about 1950.....after heating their house for 40 years or so with coal.No stupid government rules made them switch. it was cheaper to put in an oil burner...they were getting up in age and loading the coal stove a few times a day was work. Plus, of course, cleaning it out once a week to get out the cinders....and disposing of them. My grandparents were in their late 50ss at that time...Plus, with an oil burner, you could have heat all night long and didn't have to get up to a cold house to throw more coal into the stove. They lived in that house till the mid 60s..my grandfather died, then my grandmother. People switched from coal to heating oil....because it became available, it became CHEAPER, and it was more convenient. Plus therewas less work involved to get your heat. All you needed was a once or twice a year delivery of heating oil to your tank, and maybe a once a year furnace inspection/cleaning. Oh....and it had a THERMOSTAT, too...which coal burners usually didn't have, or just had primitive ones. Having 'cleaner air' was NOT a part of the equation. how libs always want to rewrite the history of America is beyond me....Maybe you should really review your own family history? t.
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