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  •  We lived the same way in the harsh prairie winters (3+ / 0-)

    All six kids in one room, blankets over the doors (and most windows).  A big fire to toast one side while the other chilled, then turn around.  Sleeping on the sofa, or easy chair, or mattress on the floor, everyone piled in together.

    We had drifts many winters six or eight feet high. We went out to play in one blizzard (yeah, but kids were allowed to have outdoor lives in those days) and lost track of where the house was because it was snowing and blowing so hard.

    We knew wood had to be split early in the year, even though we usually had central heat. We knew what it was like to be isolated by harsh weather, even from people not too far away.

    Imagine people who are widely isolated in tinny or drafty homes or mobile homes, trying to get by without decent heat.  Heat from a propane heater isn't the most even or best, but it is a heck of a lot better than nothing at all.  That cold can soak right through to your bones.  It is exhausting to be cold.

    And for those who object to supporting petro/gas for any reason, there's a solar alternative:

       Trees, Water & People’s solar air heaters reduce a family’s monthly utility bill by 20-30% for up to 25 years.
    This project to provide solar heaters to Lakota families, including on Pine Ridge, will cut the need for regular propane donations down the road.  

    Or, more likely, since donations will still be needed, will moderate the need and spread the donations around a little better.

    Donations to Trees, Water, People won't make someone warm today, like a direct propane donation will do.  But, over time, it will help and it employs Lakota in the process.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:06:27 PM PST

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