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Green Delaware ACTION ALERT: support Rep. Kowalko’s tax bills

The Markell administration supposedly left Delaware with a “structural” budget deficit approaching $400 million/year.  This does not seem surprising because Markell was essentially a Republican, and Republicans leave behind big deficits due to their habits of reducing taxes on those well able to pay them, while engineering big giveaways to the over-priviledged.

Governor John Carney has proposed a combination of spending cuts, and tax increases.  The income tax increases are even across the board.  Rep. John Kowalko has proposed–various times over the years, actually–to establish two new tax brackets for higher-income residents:

  • Those making more than $125,000 would pay 7.1 percent instead of 6.6 percent.
  • Those making more than $250,000 would pay 7.85 percent instead of 6.6 percent.

Right now the tax brackets top out at 6.6 percent at $60,000.)  Flat tax rates are inherently regressive. Continue reading

Delaware’s new/old leadership: Attack on Coastal Zone promised

Gov. Carney promises attack on the Delaware Coastal Zone Act

Nine years ago two people were contending for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Delaware.  (Then, as since, it was presumed that the Republican candidate would not be competitive, such that the Democratic nomination likely meant the governorship.)  The two Democratic contenders were John Carney, a long-time party warhorse, and Jack Markell, state Treasurer but essentially an interloper in Delaware’s closed politics.

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Update: Salem Areva/Le Creusot nuclear scandal

Note on pic: The cooling tower in the background belongs to the Hope Creek 1 reactor. This is a “boiling water reactor,” a somewhat different technology than Salem I and 2, in the foreground, which are “pressurized water reactors.”

At the very end of 2016, Green Delaware reported on a major nuclear power industry scandal.  See the link for the whole story, but to recap briefly:  Areva/Le Creusot Forge, a major supplier of nuclear plant parts–big, vital parts, such as steam generators and reactor vessels–was found to be using defective manufacturing methods and falsifying paperwork.  The factory has been closed down by the French Nuclear Safety Authority.

There are only a few places in the world that can forge the huge steel parts several inches thick that contain the nuclear power genie.  AREVA/Le Creusot  is one of these, and it has had many orders from the US.  The essence of the metallurgical problem is that the parts could contain excessive amounts of carbon which could lead to cracking of the steel and let the nuclear genie out of the bottle.

French regulators have taken this seriously and a number of French reactors have been shut down for thorough inspection.  Defects have been found.  In the US, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the agency that regulates the nuclear industry–and many feel is actually part of the nuclear industry–seems to be taking the problems less seriously. Continue reading

The republic survived Ronald Reagan; help it survive Donald Trump

The first 100 days of a new administration are crucial

Confirmation hearings and votes are in progress.  Every single one of Trump’s cabinet nominees is bad.  Call the offices of Senators Carper and Coons, asking them to do everything possible to oppose Trump’s nominations.


Especially, oppose the nominee for EPA administrator,  Scott Pruitt.   Even Sen. Tom Carper, no friend of the environment, has been critical of Pruitt.
Sen. Carper DC office: (202) 224-2441
Carper state director, Lori James: (302) 573-6291

(Sen. Carper has offices in DC, Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown.  Consider visiting in person.)
Sen. Coons DC office: (202) 224-5042
Coons state director, Jim Paoli: (302) 573-6345

(Sen. Coons has offices in DC, Wilmington, and Dover.  Consider visiting in person.)

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The day of the inauguration of President Trump

Today: Inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Surely one of the most disturbing, most shameful, most frightening, events in this country in my lifetime.

We can’t react appropriately without seeking to understand the rood causes of this disaster.

A blogger I respect, Erik Hare, recently wrote “…. As we prepare to inaugurate our nation’s second genuine psychopathic president, Andrew Jackson being the first ….”  Many people feel Trump’s behavior is associated with recognized types of mental illness.  At the least, he seems narcissistic and lacking in impulse control.  Or is it all just a reality show? Continue reading

“Areva” nuclear scandal involves safety of the Salem I and II reactors

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The Salem I and II reactors on Artificial Island.  The shiny cylinders look like spent nuclear fuel (waste) casks.

Areva SA, a French vendor of nuclear power plant equipment–one of the largest and most prominent in the world–has been found to be producing defective items–really major items!– and falsifying quality control paperwork.  This means that reactors may be running in dangerously unsafe condition.  French regulators appear to be acting, but US regulators are not. Continue reading

Green Delaware, citizen advocacy, and the Time of Trump

Putting Donald Trump in the White House is equivalent to this: Taking the lid off a manhole leading down into Hell, and putting down ladders so swarms of demons can climb out. Trump and his campaign have let loose racism, bigotry, violence, Fascism, unlimited corporate power…. These evils are always present, more or less latent. They are far more than latent now. The whole world seems in for a very rough time. Continue reading

Participate in Delaware Audubon Conservation Award Gala Dec. 3rd in Wilmington

The Delaware Audubon Society has been active in environmental advocacy in Delaware for many years.

Green Delaware has often worked closely with Delaware Audubon.  It’s our impression that Delaware Audubon is largely independent of the National Audubon Society and makes its own  decisions.

Delaware Audubon has given an annual Conservation Award since 1984.  The list of  past recipients .

On December 3rd, 2016, Delaware Audubon is giving it’s annual award to John Flaherty.  This, in our opinion, is very well deserved.

Our planet, the United States of America, and Delaware face an appalling political and governmental crisis, surely one of the most serious in our history.  Everything that advocates for the environment, for peace and justice, for democracy itself … will be under attack in the coming year.

Climate change, as I keep writing, threatens the very existence of Delaware.

There has never been a time when supporting for-real environmental organizations has been more important.  By attending this event you can support both the longtime public interest advocacy of John Flaherty and the work of the Delaware Audubon Society.  Do it!

Plus, you get to hear Sin City Band, made up of good musicians who have been playing together for a generation.

Cost is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.

The information below, is from the Delaware Audubon website:  Registration Form.

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Happy Heron Hour

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Now what?/ meeting in Newark on water contamination

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“Since the election of Donald Trump for US president, many on this side of the pond have expressed disbelief at how it could have happened.”

“One humble coffee shop in Clerkenwell left this sign outside the door…”

It has been over a week  since November 8, 1016.  The outcome of this election is so disturbing in so many ways that it is hard to think about it without mental agitation. Continue reading

Vote, Vote, Vote (as if it mattered?)

Green Delaware used to publish commentaries on, and sometimes endorsements of, or otherwise, of candidates for public office in Delaware.  The effort no longer seems justified.

It seems fair to note that many of the more capable and environmentally concerned elected officials in Delaware used to be Republicans. There was meaningful political competition. While a few thoughtful Republican officeholders remain, the GOP has tended to become a refuge for extremist nutwads who offer little or no constructive challenge to corporate democrats. Continue reading