“Critics of FARM Act say Carper, Coons backing industry instead of taxpayers”

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.”

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2018/02/21/critics-farm-act-say-carper-coons-backing-industry-instead-taxpayers/359084002/

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Carper and Coons betray Delaware yet again: Seek to protect “big ag” pollution

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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

Jan 18th: Important “public meetings” re oil and gas drilling off Delaware

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.

It began with his Executive Order 13795 of April 28, 2017, “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” Continue reading

Mon, Jan 8th: Del. holds “listening session” on “Clean Power Plan” repeal.

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

Sign on to anti-lead-poisoning petition/letter

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

Net Neutrality, the FCC, and the Evil Pai Man

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

Follow-up comment on Coastal Zone Act “stakeholder processes”

The last time the State of Delaware used the “Consensus Building Institute” scam-shop to carve up the Coastal Zone Act, twenty-five years ago, Green Delaware and Audubon were on opposite sides and DAS was a key seller-out. I’ve been an Audubon member most of the time since about 1971, and am pleased to see that Delaware Audubon is showing more brains and integrity this time around, and is holding back from the farce. This shows some smarts and political maturity.

A key thing to remember is that the battle was lost in the legislature and the mind of an uber-mediocre governor. That outcome is not going to be reversed by DNREC.

It’ s important to pay some attention to the administrative rulemaking process but not be distracted and diverted by it.

If people are serious about getting the Coastal Zone Act back, they need to focus on Carney and on getting rid of turkey legislators like Osienskim and on bringing in corrective legislation.

Coastal Zone Act “workshops”

Most readers will know that a new Delaware law guts the Delaware Coastal Zone Act.

The basic destruction was done by the Delaware General Assembly and Governor Carney in House Bill 90. The details of how the destruction is to be implemented are to be worked out by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). To do this, the DNREC has hired the “Consensus Building Institute,” the same outfit that was used to write very harmful Coastal Zone Act regulations back in the late 1990s. What we said at the time. Continue reading