“Tuesday, December 8th, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!”
“A Code Orange air quality forecast for particulates is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion.”
Flames erupt from the scene of a crude-oil train derailment Feb. 16 near Timmins, in Ontario, Canada. (Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
Rep. Ed Osienski and Sen. Dave McBride developed a letter to Rep. John Carney asking the US Congress to take meaningful action on oil (“bomb”) trains. This letter was signed by 30 Delaware state senators and representatives.
The linked reports were provided to the State of Minnesota pursuant to an order from the US Department of Transportation. The state was very reluctant to release the info but eventually did under pressure. Newspaper article “Minnesota crossed by 50 oil trains a week.”
Notice how VERY anxious the railroads seem to prevent this information from being released to the public. Continue reading →
ACTION: Call Coons and Carper. Email their staffers. Sign the petition. But do something!
Two of the worst Democratic senators in the US Senate are from Delaware: Chris Coons and Tom Carper. These two are what have been called “Democrats in Name Only” (DINOs) in the sense that they almost always vote for fat-cat interests and betray the public interest.
I’ve written a few times about Delaware’s shameful status as a safe harbor for corporate misconduct.Â Â Delawareans seem willing to go along with this–I suppose because they think they are getting lower taxes out of it.Â I Most people don’t seem to consider that this is not only helping schemers rip off others elsewhere, but it also tends to deny Delawareans access to justice in our own courts.
Is resentment getting to the point where something may get done about it at the federal level?Â Hard to say.Â But it IS amusing to see representatives of the Cayman Islands complaining about Delaware, as in the NYT story below.
â€œYou can have companies in Delaware that have no U.S. bank accounts, no requirements for documentation and no one knows who owns them,â€ says Anthony B. Travers, chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and former chairman of that countryâ€™s Financial Services Association. â€œThere should be a level playing field and Delaware should have to comply with the same standards as the Caymans.â€ Continue reading →