When Green Delaware got started in the mid-90s, we used email and worried about reaching people who didn’t have it. We sent out lots of faxes. We started up a website, now in its 3rd generation as a WordPress blog (greendel.org).
Times have changed. Everybody is presumed, rightly or not, to have email. (Our emails go out in about equal proportions to a Yahoo group and to a “Mailchimp” list.) Fax is long gone. Sometimes it seems that email is fading out in favor of various ways of “messaging.”
“Social media” is here in spades, facebook and twitter seeming dominant. We have a facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greendel.org/), a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/greendel/), and a Twitter account (@GreenDelaware). In Facebook World, “pages” are considered to be more for announcements and “groups” are more for interactive discussion. Do we really need both?
Probably the biggest downside of “social media” is that these are private businesses where there is no right of free speech. They are run, essentially, to sell advertising. They can shut you down any time they feel like it.
All these different ways of communicating are excessively time-consuming. We’d like some feedback on priorities. You can “like” the facebook page; you can “join” the facebook group; you can “follow” the Twitter account. You can subscribe to our email list. You can ignore all this social media and continue to get (fewer) emails.
(See links on greendel.org)
It became apparent that Sen. Chris Coons was the only Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee not opposing the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Green Delaware issued an action alert asking people to contact Coons about this. Coons responded with a press release saying “I will oppose [CIA] Director Pompeo’s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday,” correctly reciting various reasons the man is unsuitable to be Secretary of State. Continue reading
Delaware’s first major “ozone season” air pollution alert has been issued for tomorrow:
Wednesday, May 2nd, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!
An early season air quality event is underway across the northern Mid-Atlantic region. Ozone has risen dramatically on Tuesday, much faster than expected, given the still relatively low temperatures by summer standards. The air mass in place appears to be quite polluted, with dilute smoke present from fires burning upwind across the southeastern U.S., which is fueling ozone formation. Wednesday will be warmer than Tuesday, with temperatures reaching into the mid-80s °F. Humidity will remain quite low, with clear skies allowing strong May solar radiation to promote rapid ozone formation. The only potentially limiting factor is breezy afternoon winds, but given the other ozone-conducive conditions in place, the uptick in afternoon atmospheric mixing is not expected to be enough to prevent daily ozone from reaching the Code Orange range. For more information about the air quality alerts and what you can do to reduce air pollution, check out the following website:
http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/AQI/Pages/AQIForecast.aspx 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. Any health related questions should be directed to the Division of Public Health at 302-739-6619. All other questions should be directed to the Division of Air Quality at 302-739-9402-
-This message was brought to you by the Division of Air Quality, DNREC.
Note that the forecast for particles is Code Yellow and your health will be affected by the combination of these two pollutants, while the official alert system considers only the highest one. So in terms of likely health effects, Green Delaware would call this Code Red (unhealthy for everybody). See more info.
Also note that the EPA Airnow site shows that almost the entire Delmarva Peninsula is already Code Orange today (Tuesday), while the State of Delaware monitors are showing Code Green. This is odd because the state monitors are supposed to be the source of the Airnow data. (Things may have changed by the time you see the information.) This national map seems to be showing the Delmarva Peninsula as the largest high-ozone area in the US.
Air quality is likely to be bad for the next few days:
- Extended Forecast:
- Another day of USG [Unheathy for Sensitive Groups] ozone is possible on Thursday. The same air mass will be in place, and skies will remain mostly sunny. Humidity will be on the increase, however, which may make enough of a difference to drop ozone back into the Moderate range. More clouds are expected on Friday ahead of an approaching cold front, likely limiting ozone to the Moderate range. Moderate particle air quality will linger until Saturday, after the cold front passes through the state.
It’s also worth noting that ozone forecasting is seasonal and begins on May 1st. Thus, the first day of the season in Delaware has been a real “opener.”
Please take care of your health and urge “your” elected officials to support cleaner air! With the federal government in the hands of crooks, liars, and polluters, only local action is likely in the near term.
Also: For those receiving Green Delaware emails via yahoogroups, this service has become increasingly unreliable in recent months, and messages are often delayed. Many longtime yahoogroups users are moving to something else. Any thoughts or suggestions on this would be appreciated.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2018
CONTACT: Sean Coit at 202-224-5042 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Coons announces opposition to Pompeo nomination
Sen. Coons: “I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”
WILMINGTON, DE — U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State.
“After careful consideration, I have decided that I will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become Secretary of State.”
“While I respect his background of military and public service and am encouraged by his stated commitment to our diplomatic corps, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain, President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”
“I do not make this decision lightly or without reservations. I am convinced Director Pompeo would be a strong advocate for the career professionals of the State Department and that he would repair some of the damage that vacancies and budget uncertainties have created over the past eighteen months. He is also knowledgeable and clear-eyed about the diplomatic and security challenges we face around the world.”
“However, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments. On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force.”
“Finally, Director Pompeo’s past statements as a Congressman and candidate on a range of issues give me great concern since the role of Secretary of State is in part to speak for all Americans on issues of our shared values to rest of the world.”
“Given these reasons, I will oppose Director Pompeoâ€™s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday.”
Thanks to all who contacted Coons!
Call Senator Coons ….202-224-5042
Over the past few days, several prominent senators have announced their intention to vote NO on Mike Pompeo’s confirmation [as Secretary of State], including some who voted to confirm him as CIA Director. [This included Klobuchar.]
Citing his anti-Muslim rhetoric and extreme positions on LGBT issues, his stated desire to bomb Iran and a host of other concerns, these senators recognize that Pompeo is simply not suited to serve as our nation’s top diplomat.
Currently, Senator Coons is the only Democratic Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee who hasn’t announced he’ll oppose Pompeo. And his vote is critically important.
If he votes no, Pompeo will NOT receive an endorsement from the committee. In all of American history, no candidate for Secretary of State has ever been confirmed after failing to receive the committee’s endorsement. That’s why we’re asking everyone in Delaware to call Senator Coons to encourage him to vote no. The call will take one minute, and it could make a world of difference.
Call Senator Coons now and tell him to oppose Mike Pompeo’s confirmation.
Then, please ask a friend to call. Ask three friends. Right now, Delaware is the battleground in the fight to stop Pompeo.
Coons is one of the worst “Democratic” senators. He betrays us over and over again. See this, for example: http://www.greendel.org/2018/03/12/action-alert-carper-coons-betray-us-yet-again/
Call Coons: 202-224-5042
Call Coons’ State Director, Jim Paoli, 302.573.6345
This is a bill purporting to be about cleanup of Delaware’s polluted waters. We aren’t convinced that the bill is good enough to justify support. We sent this letter to the sponsors and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee. Subsequently, the bill was tabled in committee.
A couple of years ago the “Delaware Nature Society” hired a real estate guy to promote a previous version of the bill. (He didn’t return our calls.) Continue reading
Delaware regulators revise “advisories,” say it’s OK to eat more Delaware fish.
A Feb. 20, 2018 press release gives us the usual positive spin. There’s some truth in it.
Levels of some waterborne toxins are dropping, as they should be, given that some very contaminated sites have been somewhat cleaned up. These sites tend to discharge toxins such as PCBs, dioxins, DDT, other chlorinated pesticides, and mercury, into waterways. Also, mercury from coal-burning power plants, “biomass” burners, and garbage incinerators falls out into the water. Fish take this water in through their gills, absorb some of the toxins, and these end up in their flesh. Eat these fish, and some of the toxins end up in you. If you are pregnant they end up in your baby. Coal burning in Delaware has decreased and, with much effort, we have generally been able to hold the line on incinerators and “biomass” burners.
But the picture is not quite so favorable as suggested by the DNREC press release. Continue reading
Fights over Oil and gas exploration and production off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey (sometimes called the Outer Continental Shelf) are nothing new–they go back decades. But, as he’s so good at, trump is converting a simmering issue into an crisis that urgently needs public resistance.
Of course, the whole point of this bill is to give undeserved windfall profits to big businesses and already-wealthy individuals. In the case of regulated utilities there is at least the possibility of capturing this windfall and giving it back to ratepayers. Some state regulatory commissions are acting. Continue reading