Mon, Jan 8th: Del. holds “listening session” on “Clean Power Plan” repeal.

Action:  Attend hearing or send in comments–details below.

The EPA “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) is a plan to begin limiting global warming emissions from electric generating plants.  It’s not a strong plan and it’s very complicated–filling many hundreds of pages in the Federal Register.  Green Delaware has never been very excited about it, because it doesn’t call for rapid or substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.  But it’s something–a powerful symbolic action if little more.

For background see these two previous Green Delaware posts about the CPP: Continue reading

Sign on to anti-lead-poisoning petition/letter

This Wed. morning begins on a high note with the victory in Alabama of Doug Jones over the bigot and molester Roy Moore.

But two truly horrible things are playing out in Washington DC this week:  The repeal of net neutrality and the passage of a disgusting “tax reform” bill loaded with unjust and destructive provisions.  This is truly a time to speak out as loudly as possible. (See this Delaware State News article about net neutrality.  We put contact info in the comments.)

Back to lead poisoning.  There is no safe level of lead exposure.  It dumbs us down.

I would be willing to bet that Trump supporters have, on average, higher blood lead levels than the rest of us.  (Note:  A critical reader points out that support for “conservative” politics is most demonstrably correlated with authoritarian personality, not intelligence.   In general white people supported Trump–males and uneducated whites the most.). Continue reading

Net Neutrality, the FCC, and the Evil Pai Man

Speak out to preserve Net Neutrality!

There is, to say the least, a lot going on.  In Washington, DC, Trump and the Republican leadership of the House and Senate are essentially trying to undo all the progress made by public interest advocates in past decades.  If something is wrong, evil, and dirty they are for it.  Essentially every federal agency has been put under control of people opposed to the mission of that agency.  The last time we saw this happening so blatantly was under Ronald Reagan.  Here we go with one really important example: Continue reading

Follow-up comment on Coastal Zone Act “stakeholder processes”

The last time the State of Delaware used the “Consensus Building Institute” scam-shop to carve up the Coastal Zone Act, twenty-five years ago, Green Delaware and Audubon were on opposite sides and DAS was a key seller-out. I’ve been an Audubon member most of the time since about 1971, and am pleased to see that Delaware Audubon is showing more brains and integrity this time around, and is holding back from the farce. This shows some smarts and political maturity.

A key thing to remember is that the battle was lost in the legislature and the mind of an uber-mediocre governor. That outcome is not going to be reversed by DNREC.

It’ s important to pay some attention to the administrative rulemaking process but not be distracted and diverted by it.

If people are serious about getting the Coastal Zone Act back, they need to focus on Carney and on getting rid of turkey legislators like Osienskim and on bringing in corrective legislation.

Coastal Zone Act “workshops”

Most readers will know that a new Delaware law guts the Delaware Coastal Zone Act.

The basic destruction was done by the Delaware General Assembly and Governor Carney in House Bill 90. The details of how the destruction is to be implemented are to be worked out by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). To do this, the DNREC has hired the “Consensus Building Institute,” the same outfit that was used to write very harmful Coastal Zone Act regulations back in the late 1990s. What we said at the time. Continue reading

Letter to the Delaware Public Service Commission about one of the latest Delmarva Power attempted ripoffs.

Green Delaware
302.299.6783
alan@greendel.org
http://greendel.org
 
November 8, 2017
 
The Delaware Public Service Commission
 
Regarding: Docket 17-0927 (Delmarva Power’s electric base rate case filed Aug 17, 2017)
 
via e-filing
 
Dear Commissioners:
 
Green Delaware supports the Joint Motions to Dismiss and Motions to Stay Discovery and Further Proceedings.

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Updates from Green Delaware

Reasonable people will agree that the US is in a major political crisis.  The “presidency” of Trump has turned out to be as evil and misguided as predicted by the most pessimistic.  Every agency connected to environmental and health protection is being turned on it’s head.  The US House and Senate are under the control of nutwads.  While Trump is mostly despised by responsible people, he has a hard core of supporters, motivated by anger and hate, who do not care at all the damage being done.  They applaud it.   The more the better.  But the US faces so many profound challenges that we just can’t afford such misgovernment.Likewise Delaware is in political crisis.  The state is run by a non-visionary governor and poor legislative leadership seeming to take guidance mainly from “Chamber of Commerce” interests.  Since “corporate” control is largely the cause of Delaware’s problems, increasing the corporate chokehold will surely not make things better.

The good news is that a new generation of activists is raising it’s head in Delaware.  People do care.  I’m impressed by many of them.  Some brief profiles to follow at some point. Continue reading

Protect Delawareans from lead poisoning

After July, we gave our readers a vacation from emails, focusing Green Delaware’s presence primarily on Facebook.  Today is the first day of Fall and emails are back.

Please take a few minutes to read Sarah Bucic’s op ed below and prod Governor John Carney to take action. Attention is focused on the Governor as the DNREC has failed for many months to take action. Continue reading

July updates from Green Delaware

Green Delaware sent out quite a few emails during the last weeks of the Delaware General Assembly, so we’ve tried to be quiet for a while…..

Bad air

First, Wednesday and Thursday (July 19th and 20th) are both official Code Orange bad air days.  Since both ozone and particle levels will be high, along with temperature and humidity, Green Delaware would call these Code Red days and urge caution.  These are unhealthy conditions and can be expected to recur throughout the summer.  The Mid-Atlantic Medium Range Air Quality Discussion says high ozone levels may persist Friday through Sunday.  With the Trump administration working to shut down environmental regulatory programs, the long-term outlook for air quality improvements is not so good. Continue reading