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Letter of opposition to House Bill 270

This is a bill purporting to be about cleanup of Delaware’s polluted waters.  We aren’t convinced that the bill is good enough to justify support.  We sent this letter to the sponsors and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee.  Subsequently, the bill was tabled in committee.

A couple of years ago the “Delaware Nature Society” hired a real estate guy to promote a previous version of the bill.  (He didn’t return our calls.) Continue reading

Action Alert: Carper, Coons betray us yet again–this time it’s banking

“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:

https://www.theonion.com/my-vote-is-not-for-sale-at-these-prices-1823358144

“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.

Carper/Coons think the banks that own them are suffering too much from government regulation.  So they are cosponsoring a bank deregulation bill, S.2155, the “bank lobbyists bill.” Continue reading

Is it healthy to eat fish caught in Delaware waters?

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

“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