Reasonable people will agree that the US is in a major political crisis. The “presidency” of Trump has turned out to be as evil and misguided as predicted by the most pessimistic. Every agency connected to environmental and health protection is being turned on it’s head. The US House and Senate are under the control of nutwads. While Trump is mostly despised by responsible people, he has a hard core of supporters, motivated by anger and hate, who do not care at all the damage being done. They applaud it. The more the better. But the US faces so many profound challenges that we just can’t afford such misgovernment.Likewise Delaware is in political crisis. The state is run by a non-visionary governor and poor legislative leadership seeming to take guidance mainly from “Chamber of Commerce” interests. Since “corporate” control is largely the cause of Delaware’s problems, increasing the corporate chokehold will surely not make things better.
The good news is that a new generation of activists is raising it’s head in Delaware. People do care. I’m impressed by many of them. Some brief profiles to follow at some point. Continue reading
All sorts of bad air on Wednesday, Aug 26th:
Delaware Department of Ag violating law to protect chicken scam?
New York City garbage going to Chester, PA, via Elsmere, DE?
More power lines to be hung up over the Delaware River?
Utility ripoffs in general and in particular….
The DNREC has announced an “air quality action day,” saying that ozone is forecast to be in the Code Orange range and particles are forecast to be in the Code Yellow range.
The official forecasting system does not consider the combined effect of multiple pollutants, but Green Delaware does, and we say this is a Code Red (unhealthy for everybody) day. Continue reading
Tuesday August 5, 2014 is an official Code Orange “air quality action day” in Delaware. The DNREC says: “A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone 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.”
Here is an email from Rep. John Kowalko:
Most people know that Delmarva Power and other utilities are reaching deeper and deeper into our pockets with less and less justification. Heat and electricity are becoming less and less affordable, though wholesale costs are low. Of course, the main goal of the management of Delmarva Power is to maximize profits for stockholders.
Delaware’s so-called “Public Advocate,” Dave Bonar, is seeking to keep Reps. John Kowalko and Edward Osienski from “intervening” in an important Delmarva Power ripoff “docket” now happening in the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC).
Green Delaware’s comments to the PSC on this are here.
So what’s really going on? Utility regulatory matters aren’t always easy to understand and a little background may help. Continue reading
[Note: Rep. Kowalko has prepared a summary of recent Delmarva Power “rate cases.” Â See previous post.]
Delaware House of Representatives
Rep. John Kowalko
For Immediate Release: Contact: Drew Volturo
April 9, 2013 Work: (302) 744-4001 Cell: (302) 593-5969
Lawmakers oppose delmarva power’s rate increase request
State representatives and advocates voice need to protect Delawarean consumers
WILMINGTON – Declaring that recession-recovering families cannot afford it, lawmakers and advocates representing low-, middle- and fixed-income Delawareans gathered Tuesday to protest Delmarva Power’s latest request to increase electric rates by $42 million. Continue reading
[Prepared by Delaware State Representative John Kowalko]
A look at electric rate increase requests Delmarva Power has made in recent years, the amount approved and the impact on a typical residential customer Continue reading
In Alert 656:Â Do you want a say over Delawareâ€™s energy future? we reported on attempts to curtain public input into Delmarva Power’s planning.Â We invited people speak out if they wanted public meetings and some people did.Â One of the three scheduled meetings (in Dover) was kept on the agenda and the other two, in Sussex and New Castle Counties, were cancelled.Â (I was especially annoyed that Blue Water Wind, which benefited so much from public support for its offshore wind project, supported cancelling the “public comment sessions.”Â Remember that, folks.) Continue reading