Category Archives: pollution

Alert 659: Protect our children’s health: Don’t let incinerator pollution back into Delaware

Greendel Alert 659:  Protect our children’s health:  Don’t let incinerator pollution back into Delaware

Update on Ciba’s attempt to bring back incineration
Meeting to promote incinerator being held Thurs. May 28th in Newport, 7:00 pm

“I’m going to oppose any change. If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”
–Sen Dave McBride

“nothing less is at stake than our health and the health of our children.”
–Alan Muller, Green Delaware

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Governor: new ideas and real change needed for Delaware

From Dr. James Prescott

In his “State of the State” address, Gov. Jack Markell, like President Obama and many other governors, is faced with a financial and economic crisis that has not been experienced since the Great Depression: “Our state government also faces a challenge: the largest budget shortfall in our state’s history, almost $780 million and growing. Together, we must balance our budget; we must live within our means. We must keep our government’s core commitments, such as protecting the health and safety of our families, fostering the growth of our economy and protecting the quality of our air and water. We must give every child an opportunity to succeed and assist our senior citizens and those with disabilities.

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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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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

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 needs all the jobs we can get/save, but do we really need to also increase business for the selected few, like doctors and undertakers?”

This email is from Barbara J. Finnan, who regularly complains about noise and pollution from the Delaware City Refinery.  It was sent to DNREC, Gov. Markell’s staff, and others.

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