Monthly Archives: April 2010

Alert 681: “Revived” Common Cause Delaware gives award to the least-deserving person in Delaware

Alert 681: "Revived" Common Cause Delaware gives award to the least-deserving person in Delaware

A sad mockery of what Common Cause used to be….is supposed to be

Have an opinion about this:  Jeff Raffel:  302-831-1685 (office), raffel@udel.edu

Few independent Delaware NGOs seem to be functioning well

Can Delaware be an alive, vibrant place with so little courage and so much sucking up?

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Earth Day thoughts: Fix a poor “recycling” bill

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SB 234, latest Delaware “recycling” bill, shuts down container deposit program rather than fixing it.  This isn’t good enough.  Please ask Senators to hold off voting on this bill until it can be fixed.

Last week was the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.  Few serious environmental campaigners have much interest any more in Earth Day, which is mostly now celebrated by big polluters “greenwashing” themselves.  But it is still a good time to reflect on where we are and how we arrived. Continue reading

Stop Green Groups From Taking Corporate Cash

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/stop_green_groups_from_taking_corporate_cash

Targeting: Frances Beinecke (Natural Resources Defense Council), Larry Schweiger (President- National http://healthsavy.com/product/zovirax/ Wildlife Federation), Fred Krupp (President- Environmental Defense), see more…Frances Beinecke (Natural Resources Defense Council), Larry Schweiger (President- National Wildlife Federation), Fred Krupp (President- Environmental Defense) and Peter Seligmann (CEO- Conservation International)

Started by: Rising Tide North America

For far too long Big Green groups like the National Wildlife Federation, Conservation International, Environmental Defense and many others have allowed their financial and political relationships with Corporate America to compromise their positions on the biggest ecological crisis in history. These groups, ostensibly fighting on our behalf, have chosen to ally themselves with the very corporations that we must stop to avert catastrophic climate chaos.

    Beach residents voice concerns

    http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20100401/NEWS01/4010354

    By Alex Ruoff • Staff Writer • April 1, 2010

    BETHANY BEACH — Alan Muller is worried the federal government’s decision to open mid-Atlantic offshore waters to oil and gas exploration could negatively impact the quality of life for those who live along the Maryland and Delaware coast.

    "Just look at the (Gulf of Mexico), where there’s a lot of oil production; it’s a mess," said Muller, a spokesman for Green Delaware, a Wilmington-based public health organization. "I think it’s something that needs to be looked at closely so you can see all the impacts it could have."

    The move, announced by the Obama administration Wednesday, ends a long-standing moratorium on the search for gas and oil along the nation’s eastern seaboard, where researchers say production is possible, but narrow.

    "Anything that goes up would have to be 50-100 miles off the coast and, as far as development goes, production there is limited," said Robert Diaz, a marine science professor at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., who held a conference on the subject in December 2008.

    According to the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the federal agency responsible for managing oil and gas resources along the nation’s outer continental shelf, the mid-Atlantic region contains roughly 130 million barrels of oil and 1.14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Using 2009 standards, the nation consumes about 20 million barrels of oil and 60 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

    Diaz said the impact on the region would be minimal, but felt mainly from transportation of materials and resources, not testing or production.

    "If the boats are going to the Chesapeake Bay, then you’ll see it there. … Likewise, if they come down the Delaware Bay, they’ll feel the impact," he said. "That’s what you’ll see from the shore."

    Al McMillian, a Frederick resident, said he regularly visits Ocean City to fish and escape the kind of water traffic seen in commercial-heavy areas of the Chesapeake Bay.

    "The big boats are why I think most people come to this part of the beach," he said. "You don’t really see them as much as you would on the bay."

    The announcement spurred promotion of alternative energy sources from environmental agencies like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and elected officials. Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman said the country should look toward alternative energy sources rather than fossil fuels to alleviate its dependence on foreign oil, which contributes to more than 97 percent of total production worldwide.

    "Here in Delaware, we are pushing forward on the nation’s first offshore wind project," he said. "We believe that our oceans offer the promise of clean, renewable energy that will create jobs, cut our greenhouse gas emissions and move us toward energy independence."

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