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“Quisling Senate Democrats are collaborating with congressional Republicans and President Trump to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.”
I could likely write a post every day about some disgusting action or vote by Carper/Coons (they are usually in lockstep). Most recently, on Feb 14th, we reported on their support for “big ag” pollution over peoples’ health and quality of life.
The Onion recently had this to say about Carper, but it might just as well be said about Coons:
“It’s as if some of these special interest groups think they can just walk into my office and buy my influence for no more than a few grand. Can you believe the goddamn nerve of people like that?”
“Having sworn to support and defend the Constitution, the very least I can do is demand the absolute best price for my vote.”
This time it’s bank deregulation.
Delaware regulators revise “advisories,” say it’s OK to eat more Delaware fish.
A Feb. 20, 2018 press release gives us the usual positive spin. There’s some truth in it.
Levels of some waterborne toxins are dropping, as they should be, given that some very contaminated sites have been somewhat cleaned up. These sites tend to discharge toxins such as PCBs, dioxins, DDT, other chlorinated pesticides, and mercury, into waterways. Also, mercury from coal-burning power plants, “biomass” burners, and garbage incinerators falls out into the water. Fish take this water in through their gills, absorb some of the toxins, and these end up in their flesh. Eat these fish, and some of the toxins end up in you. If you are pregnant they end up in your baby. Coal burning in Delaware has decreased and, with much effort, we have generally been able to hold the line on incinerators and “biomass” burners.
But the picture is not quite so favorable as suggested by the DNREC press release. Continue reading
The Wilmington News Journal did a piece on the Carper/Coons rollover to Big Ag, including:
“People in Southern Delaware are experiencing lots of problems from the ‘big ag’: air pollution, water pollution, stinks, dust,” wrote Green Delaware blogger Alan Muller. “Health problems and diminished quality of life are what oversized animal feeding facilities bring. One might think that Carper and Coons would be introducing legislation to get these problems under control. But no, they are seeking to reduce what weak protections environmental laws now provide.”
Thanks to Maria Payan for this table.
Green Delaware has written many times, over many years, about how poorly Delaware is represented by its “congressional delegation” of two senators and one congressperson. Whomever has held these positions, of either party, they have rarely sought to represent the human beings who elect them, focusing instead on servicing the special interests so overwhelmingly dominant in Delaware politics. Continue reading
Fights over Oil and gas exploration and production off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey (sometimes called the Outer Continental Shelf) are nothing new–they go back decades. But, as he’s so good at, trump is converting a simmering issue into an crisis that urgently needs public resistance.
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Action: Attend hearing or send in comments–details below.
The EPA “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) is a plan to begin limiting global warming emissions from electric generating plants. It’s not a strong plan and it’s very complicated–filling many hundreds of pages in the Federal Register. Green Delaware has never been very excited about it, because it doesn’t call for rapid or substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. But it’s something–a powerful symbolic action if little more.
For background see these two previous Green Delaware posts about the CPP: Continue reading
Of course, the whole point of this bill is to give undeserved windfall profits to big businesses and already-wealthy individuals. In the case of regulated utilities there is at least the possibility of capturing this windfall and giving it back to ratepayers. Some state regulatory commissions are acting. Continue reading
This Wed. morning begins on a high note with the victory in Alabama of Doug Jones over the bigot and molester Roy Moore.
But two truly horrible things are playing out in Washington DC this week: The repeal of net neutrality and the passage of a disgusting “tax reform” bill loaded with unjust and destructive provisions. This is truly a time to speak out as loudly as possible. (See this Delaware State News article about net neutrality. We put contact info in the comments.)
Back to lead poisoning. There is no safe level of lead exposure. It dumbs us down.
I would be willing to bet that Trump supporters have, on average, higher blood lead levels than the rest of us. (Note: A critical reader points out that support for “conservative” politics is most demonstrably correlated with authoritarian personality, not intelligence. In general white people supported Trump–males and uneducated whites the most.). Continue reading
Speak out to preserve Net Neutrality!
There is, to say the least, a lot going on. In Washington, DC, Trump and the Republican leadership of the House and Senate are essentially trying to undo all the progress made by public interest advocates in past decades. If something is wrong, evil, and dirty they are for it. Essentially every federal agency has been put under control of people opposed to the mission of that agency. The last time we saw this happening so blatantly was under Ronald Reagan. Here we go with one really important example: Continue reading