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Delaware Audubon Annual Meeting–Dec 6th; huge nuclear reactor threat–who will lead the opposition?

Delaware Audubon Annual Meeting–Dec 6th

On Saturday, Dec 6th, the Delaware Audubon Society is having its annual meeting.  Details here.  Public invited.  Our experience is that there is likely to be good (actually, outstanding!) food and good company at this event.  Sin City Band will be playing.

Audubon is honoring Pat Todd of the League of Women Voters of Delaware with its Annual Conservation Award.  (List of prior recipients here.)  Probably Green Delaware disagrees with the League as often as we agree with it, but Pat has been involved in environmental issues in Delaware for a lot of years and is well-deserving of recognition for this.

Recommended.

Elected Officials Reception (already happened but worthy of note)

On December 1, 2014, the Delaware Coalition for Open Government held an Elected Officials Reception.  This event has been spearheaded for many years for John Flaherty.  It used to be under the sponsorship of Common Cause of Delaware before that organization collapsed and Flaherty parted company with it.   The point is that fat-cat special interests constantly hold “receptions” for pols; this is supposed to be one for *people* to interact with legislators.  (Green Delaware is not a member of DelCOG.)

Nuke Nuttiness–new reactors threaten

How many people are aware of a scam to build two new nuclear reactors on Artificial Island, next to the three existing reactors (Salem I and II, and Hope Creek I)?  This is a scam that’s been cooking for years.  It makes no sense from a public interest point of view, but such a scam could pull tens of billions of dollars out of the pockets of taxpayers and utility ratepayers.   So it has enormous appeal to politicians, bankers, construction unions, bond salespeople, and so on.  Various licensing proceedings have been cooking in the background.  The idea here is that the paperwork is to be put in place before people wake up to the threat.  Thus, today, Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (it would be better called the Nuclear Industry Service Commission) is closing out public comment on a stage of the “environmental review” process for new reactors.  Of course, they say all would be well with new reactors.  Not a few people have been fooled into thinking that new nuke reactors are needed as a “low carbon” energy source to combat climate change.

Note that the PSEG, operators of the existing three reactors, has never been willing to clean them up so as to stop vacuuming the fish out of the Delaware River/Estuary.  New reactors, even with cooling towers, would add greatly to the fish holocaust.

Longtime anti-nuclear activist Frieda Berryhill passed away in 2012.  The Unplug Salem organization has a petition but is less active than in prior years.

A few links to relevant materials on the Green Delaware site:

Alert 650: Nutty nuclear schemes to be presented in Legislative Hall–April 9, 2009, 4:00 pm

“Your Government at Work” is something to behold ! –Frieda Berryhill

Frieda Berryhill’s comment on Obama’s nuke power giveaways

Passing of Frieda Berryhill

http://www.greendel.org/2011/06/23/potential-for-nuke-disaster-hangs-over-us-all/

http://www.greendel.org/2010/06/15/update-psegs-new-nuke-yes-they-are-insane/

The News Journal has had some coverage, including:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/12/04/nrc-closing-public-comment-new-pseg-reactor-site/19916621/

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/08/04/pseg-studies-new-nuclear-reactors/13608807/

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/10/14/delaware-hearings-added-nj-nuke-expansion-plan/17268441/

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/10/23/public-comments-possible-new-nuclear-reactor/17784377/

 Who will lead the charge against this horrible threat?

Time-critical action alerts: Stinker and a stinker

First, the old reliable stinker, alias Senator Tom Carper.

 The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a fight of great substantive and symbolic significance to those concerned about climate change.  And, as we keep writing, Delaware is the lowest lying US state and mega-vulnerable to the effects of global warming–especially sea level rise.  Thus, Delaware pols should be leaders in the effort to limit climate change.  Obviously most are not.  Especially, Tom Carper isn’t. Continue reading

DNREC “listening session” on the EPA “Clean Power Plan”–Nov 5, 2014, in Dover, DE

The official notice is below.

Green Delaware Comments:

The “Clean Power Plan,” formally two proposals released in June by the EPA for public comment, is extremely complicated and hard to fully understand.  So much so that regulatory agencies, advocacy orgs, and others who have studied it at great length are not entirely sure what it all means. States have a great deal of flexibility in complying with the proposed requirements, whatever they turn out to be. Continue reading

Carper, Coons, betray Delaware yet again — vote for tar sands oil pipeline

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.

On March 22, 2013, Coons and Carper disgraced themselves and mocked the interests of Delaware by joining 15 other “Democratic” senators in voting to support the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Continue reading

Planning and Sea level rise in Delaware–public comments needed

Bureaucrats trying to do their jobs but Gov. Markell betrays us yet again….

The single most important issue Delaware faces is sea level rise due to global warming.  Nobody knows exactly how fast the sea is going to rise, but the estimates keep increasing.  In my opinion, most indications point to greater rise than the official forecasts, But any realistic estimate of the situation says Delaware is going to change a lot. Continue reading

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

Massachusetts Medical Society’s opposition to biomass plants

Comment: This was published in the Greenfield [Mass.] Recorder on Jan 26, 2010, but doesn’t seem to be available online. This is not the only medical society to oppose these burners. Delaware, due to wise actions ten years ago, already has in place laws against “biomass” burners. These laws are under attack and need to be strengthened and clarified.

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The purpose of this article is to describe the process and scientific rationale for the resolution by the Massachusetts Medical Society opposing biomass plants. Continue reading