In his â€œState of the Stateâ€ 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: â€œOur state government also faces a challenge: the largest budget shortfall in our stateâ€™s history, almost $780 million and growing. Together, we must balance our budget; we must live within our means. We must keep our governmentâ€™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.
One of the puzzling aspects of the evolving energy picture in the US is transmission.Â 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.Â In other words, transmission and generation interests are counting on being able to defeat effective energy efficiency programs that would reduce our present consumption ofÂ electricity. Continue reading →
Green Delaware Alert 649 (please post/forward)
(note:Â 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 ….
Green Delaware Alert 647 (please post/forward)
“DuPont to pay $1.1 million for water pollution fines”
West Virginia, unlike Delaware, requires public notice and comment on settlements with polluters
Action by General Assembly and Governor to make Delaware as transparent as WV