The republic survived Ronald Reagan; help it survive Donald Trump

The first 100 days of a new administration are crucial

Confirmation hearings and votes are in progress.  Every single one of Trump’s cabinet nominees is bad.  Call the offices of Senators Carper and Coons, asking them to do everything possible to oppose Trump’s nominations.


Especially, oppose the nominee for EPA administrator,  Scott Pruitt.   Even Sen. Tom Carper, no friend of the environment, has been critical of Pruitt.
Sen. Carper DC office: (202) 224-2441
Carper state director, Lori James: (302) 573-6291

(Sen. Carper has offices in DC, Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown.  Consider visiting in person.)
Sen. Coons DC office: (202) 224-5042
Coons state director, Jim Paoli: (302) 573-6345

(Sen. Coons has offices in DC, Wilmington, and Dover.  Consider visiting in person.)

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The day of the inauguration of President Trump

Today: Inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Surely one of the most disturbing, most shameful, most frightening, events in this country in my lifetime.

We can’t react appropriately without seeking to understand the rood causes of this disaster.

A blogger I respect, Erik Hare, recently wrote “…. As we prepare to inaugurate our nation’s second genuine psychopathic president, Andrew Jackson being the first ….”  Many people feel Trump’s behavior is associated with recognized types of mental illness.  At the least, he seems narcissistic and lacking in impulse control.  Or is it all just a reality show? Continue reading

“Areva” nuclear scandal involves safety of the Salem I and II reactors

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The Salem I and II reactors on Artificial Island.  The shiny cylinders look like spent nuclear fuel (waste) casks.

Areva SA, a French vendor of nuclear power plant equipment–one of the largest and most prominent in the world–has been found to be producing defective items–really major items!– and falsifying quality control paperwork.  This means that reactors may be running in dangerously unsafe condition.  French regulators appear to be acting, but US regulators are not. Continue reading

Green Delaware, citizen advocacy, and the Time of Trump

Putting Donald Trump in the White House is equivalent to this: Taking the lid off a manhole leading down into Hell, and putting down ladders so swarms of demons can climb out. Trump and his campaign have let loose racism, bigotry, violence, Fascism, unlimited corporate power…. These evils are always present, more or less latent. They are far more than latent now. The whole world seems in for a very rough time. Continue reading

Participate in Delaware Audubon Conservation Award Gala Dec. 3rd in Wilmington

The Delaware Audubon Society has been active in environmental advocacy in Delaware for many years.

Green Delaware has often worked closely with Delaware Audubon.  It’s our impression that Delaware Audubon is largely independent of the National Audubon Society and makes its own  decisions.

Delaware Audubon has given an annual Conservation Award since 1984.  The list of  past recipients .

On December 3rd, 2016, Delaware Audubon is giving it’s annual award to John Flaherty.  This, in our opinion, is very well deserved.

Our planet, the United States of America, and Delaware face an appalling political and governmental crisis, surely one of the most serious in our history.  Everything that advocates for the environment, for peace and justice, for democracy itself … will be under attack in the coming year.

Climate change, as I keep writing, threatens the very existence of Delaware.

There has never been a time when supporting for-real environmental organizations has been more important.  By attending this event you can support both the longtime public interest advocacy of John Flaherty and the work of the Delaware Audubon Society.  Do it!

Plus, you get to hear Sin City Band, made up of good musicians who have been playing together for a generation.

Cost is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.

The information below, is from the Delaware Audubon website:  Registration Form.

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Now what?/ meeting in Newark on water contamination

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“Since the election of Donald Trump for US president, many on this side of the pond have expressed disbelief at how it could have happened.”

“One humble coffee shop in Clerkenwell left this sign outside the door…”

It has been over a week  since November 8, 1016.  The outcome of this election is so disturbing in so many ways that it is hard to think about it without mental agitation. Continue reading

Vote, Vote, Vote (as if it mattered?)

Green Delaware used to publish commentaries on, and sometimes endorsements of, or otherwise, of candidates for public office in Delaware.  The effort no longer seems justified.

It seems fair to note that many of the more capable and environmentally concerned elected officials in Delaware used to be Republicans. There was meaningful political competition. While a few thoughtful Republican officeholders remain, the GOP has tended to become a refuge for extremist nutwads who offer little or no constructive challenge to corporate democrats. Continue reading

Bloomgate is distraction from Delaware’s energy challenges

[This op-ed appears in the Wilmington News Journal Nov 5, 2016]

[Several people in Delaware have worked hard to draw attention to the problems of the Bloom scheme. These include Lindsay Leveen, John NIchols, and Amy Roe.]

“What is certain is that Mother Nature does not care about Delaware politics — or Delaware schemes and scams. Our planet will keep on heating up regardless, unless and until we take meaningful steps to reduce climate-forcing emissions to the atmosphere.”

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/04/bloomgate-distraction-delawares-energy-challenges/93297438/

The Oct. 30 feature on Bloomgate and the responses generated have been informative, but not so much about the central purpose of subsidizing “renewable energy.” Continue reading

Another bad air day and more on air quality

Today, September 23, 2016, is an official Code Orange bad air day in Delaware. A(n) Action Day has been declared for Delaware, on Friday, Sep 23A(n) Action Day has been declared for Delaware, on Friday, Sep 23   The forecast is Code Orange for ozone and Code Yellow for particles.   In simple terms, Code Yellow means the level is expected to be above one-half of the ambient air quality standard.  Code Orange means the level is expected to be above the air quality standard.  From Green Delaware’s view, when two pollutants are elevated we would bump the status to Code Red.  This air is unhealthy and we urge you to take care. Continue reading

Bad Air in Delaware–an intractable but not hopeless problem

Information, and actions you can take.

When my family moved to the Wilmington suburbs in 1960, we experienced months of colds and other health problems. I remember my Mother saying something like “nobody told us it’s not healthy to leave the windows open.” Jake Kreshtool, founder of Delaware Citizens for Clean Air and the dean of Delaware environmental activists, got into the game in the early 60s to protect his family from intolerable fumes and odors coming from an asphalt shingle plant. Kreshtool says the air was often so murky that one could not see clear shadows on a sidewalk. Continue reading