Skepticism and suspicion are fine. However, this is rarely what happens. Nobody (on either side, typically) really wants to hear all the facts - they make a snap judgement on whether it serves their personal goals, whether that be to make their reelection easier, or to impose their personal religious/economic/etc. views on other people, or whether it was proposed by "their side" or if it should be subjected to Not-Invented-Here syndrome.
This article is a pretty poor example of skepticism or suspicion; the author clearly has a bias, and misstates many facts to serve that bias, whether knowingly or inadvertently. Some examples:
Trading in an old stove for a newer stove isn’t allowed.
"Trading in" is misleading here. There are many agencies that will provide a rebate or discount for replacing an old stove with a newer, more efficient model. What is disallowed is selling your old stove to somebody else. Instead, you need to (for example) sell it as scrap metal, not usable as a stove.
some ... local governments have gone further than the EPA and banned not just the sale of such stoves, but the usage of old stoves... Puget Sound, Washington, is one such location.
I'm not intimately familiar with the laws of the Puget Sound area, but looking online quickly shows that their rules are similar to the ones in effect in my area. Using old stoves is not explicitly banned except on certain days when air quality is forecast to be particularly poor. And even then, it is never banned for a house whose only source of adequate heat is such a stove - this is a major arguing point of the article, which states that laws like this risk freezing households who rely on wood stoves for heat.
When an individual smokes inside a car with the windows up, passengers are reportedly exposed to approximately 4,000 micrograms of soot per cubic meter.
This is just a red herring. Most smokers I see leave their window at least cracked, and in any case, I know very few people who would want to live daily in an area where the air is like the inside of a smoky car. Additionally, the volume of air used by a stove is much larger than the volume of air inside a car; the stove is putting out much more soot, it's just sending lots of air with it.
Families living in Alaska, or off the grid in wilderness area in the West, will most likely have extreme difficulty remaining in their cold, secluded homes if the EPA wood stove rules are approved.
As I said before, the EPA rules don't say anything about the use of existing stoves - just that any stove manufactured or sold should meet the new requirements.
It's pretty clear to me that the linked article was poorly researched, and written by somebody with an axe to grind.