Category Archives: energy

Report on May 28, 2009, Newport incinerator meeting ….

A battle won, but the war will continue.

“There is no way we are going to work that this session.”

—House Speaker Bob Gilligan

“The state, however, needs to be careful not to allow cogeneration systems to burn high emission solid fuels.”
–candidate Jack Markell

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Greendel Alert 658: “Biomass” burners could liquidate our forests

Boston Globe op-ed: “A red flag on green energy plan”

Friends:

I hope you are aware of, and speaking out against, the current attempt to roll back Delaware’s nation-leading laws against incineration.  If not, see:

Alert 654: Ciba (BASF) rolls out a new air pollution threat to your health…..
and
Letter to General Assembly members: “No ‘biomass’ burning in Delaware

The News Journal also has done a story:

In the News-Journal: “Ciba proposes waste-fueled generator”

(The rest of Delaware’s media, including blogs, has mostly been in blackout mode.)
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Broad Coalition Criticizes Climate Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2009

Joint statement by:

Greenpeace USA * Friends of the Earth * Public Citizen * Citizen Power * Center for Biological Diversity * Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana * TURN-The Utility Reform Network * Sustainable Energy & Economy Network * Green Delaware * Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance * Massachusetts Forest Watch * Coal Moratorium Now!

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Alert 653: Markell, nine other Eastern governors object to federal support for transmission from the Midwest

One of the puzzling aspects of the evolving energy picture in the US is transmission.  Many interests are pushing a huge transmission line building program to move electrons from the Dakotas eastward towards the Chicago area and on the to the East Coast. Part of this “plan” is to take away the ability of states and local communities to “stop the lines.”

But when one looks beneath the surface, two trends emerge: (1) most of the proposed lines seem to really be about moving coal and nuclear power around for “market” purposes, and (2) they are based on the assumption that “renewable” power will be in addition to, rather than in place of, coal and nuke power.  In other words, transmission and generation interests are counting on being able to defeat effective energy efficiency programs that would reduce our present consumption of  electricity. Continue reading

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

Follow-up to Alert 650:  Frieda Berryhill’s report: “‘Your  Government at Work’ is something to behold !”

In Alert 650:  Nutty nuclear schemes to be presented in Legislative Hall–April 9, 2009, 4:00 pm ( http://greendel.org/?p=313 ) we announced this meeting and made some observations on global warming and the need to tell the good ideas from the bad ones.

The actual meeting is described by long-time anti-nuclear activist Frieda Berryhill:

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

Green Delaware Alert 650

(please post/forward)“PSE & G To give a presentation on nuclear power” in Legislative Hall, Dover, Wed, April 9, 2009 4:00

Delaware faces tremendous opportunities but also the danger of making horrible mistakes.  The state is a small place with a limited talent pool and limited resources.  We can’t afford to get it wrong.

Can Markell and his people tell the good ideas from the bad ones?  Will they listen to non-brownnosers?

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Alert 649: In Washington, DC, signs of change. In Delaware….every backbone counts

Green Delaware Alert 649
(please post/forward)
(note:  Some versions of this Alert were incorrectly numbered 648)

Fossil Fools Day
Obama and the auto industry
Opportunity knocks, but can the environmental movement step up to the plate?
In Delaware, “The more things change, the more they stay the same….”
In a small place, every backbone counts ….

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“Delaware Energy Plan 2009-2014”–a worst-ever report?

Green Delaware Alert 645

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“Delaware Energy Plan
2009-2014”–a worst-ever report?
Coal promoted in multiple ways …
Incineration promoted …
public participation dissed …

Public comments needed by March 15, 2009
(see below for suggestions)
Defend Delaware’s laws against incineration!