275 members (see vote tally here) of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling.
They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.
They voted against you.
Now that the DARK Act has been approved by the House, we’ll have to stop it in the Senate. We have to move fastbecause Monsanto is desperate to pass a bill that preempts mandatory GMO labeling laws at the state and federal levels, before Vermont’s GMO labeling law takes effect next year.
H.R. 1599 was sold to Congress via multi-million dollar public relations and lobbying campaigns built on lies and deception. The bill’s sole purpose is to support an industry–Monsanto’s poison-peddling industry–that was founded on lies and deception from the get-go.
Were the Congress members who voted against you fooled by Monsanto’s slick, deceitful packaging of this so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”? Or did they simply vote with their wallets, stuffed full of biotech and junk food industry cash?
In an earlier post we promised these comments last week. Apologies for the delay. The matter is complex for us because it involves not only the merits of the “Green Recovery Technologies” application itself, but the manner in which enforcement of the Coastal Zone Act has been largely rendered (notice pun) into a farce.
“Green Delaware does not oppose further processing of wastewater treatment sludge from poultry slaughtering operations. It is possible that such could be desirable. But theGRT application has innumerable fatal defects. The DNREC should deny the requested CZA permit.”
ACTION: Call Coons and Carper. Email their staffers. Sign the petition. But do something!
Two of the worst Democratic senators in the US Senate are from Delaware: Chris Coons and Tom Carper. These two are what have been called “Democrats in Name Only” (DINOs) in the sense that they almost always vote for fat-cat interests and betray the public interest.
I’ve written a few times about Delaware’s shameful status as a safe harbor for corporate misconduct.Â Â Delawareans seem willing to go along with this–I suppose because they think they are getting lower taxes out of it.Â I Most people don’t seem to consider that this is not only helping schemers rip off others elsewhere, but it also tends to deny Delawareans access to justice in our own courts.
Is resentment getting to the point where something may get done about it at the federal level?Â Hard to say.Â But it IS amusing to see representatives of the Cayman Islands complaining about Delaware, as in the NYT story below.
â€œYou can have companies in Delaware that have no U.S. bank accounts, no requirements for documentation and no one knows who owns them,â€ says Anthony B. Travers, chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and former chairman of that countryâ€™s Financial Services Association. â€œThere should be a level playing field and Delaware should have to comply with the same standards as the Caymans.â€ Continue reading →
“I have spent the past six months working with a group of coal state Democrats in the Senate, led by West Virginia native Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), drafting provisions to assist the coal industry …. ”
–Â Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia
It should be no secret that Delaware’s congressional delegation–Castle, Carper and Kaufman/Biden–generally doesn’t represent the interests of Delawareans.Â Why should they?Â Much of their campaign money doesn’t come from Delaware, and they don’t have to worry about reelection.Â But, I doubt many realize how hard and how often “our” representatives in Washington work directly against the interests of Delawareans.Â The worst is Senator Tom Carper.