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.
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
The News Journal has had some coverage, including:
Who will lead the charge against this horrible threat?