“Tuesday, December 8th, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!”
“A Code Orange air quality forecast for particulates 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.”
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?
Update: We have heard this afternoon that the House rolled on this and sent it back to the Senate, which leaves the ball with Senators Carper (202) 224-2441 and Coons (202) 224-5042. So they are the ones to call now.
Since this was written there have been some developments. Senators Carper and Coons, as one would expect, have been fully supportive of these anti-democratic measures. On the other hand, Rep. John Carney voted “no” on one important Friday vote. (He voted wrong on another one. We can’t provide any details as nobody from his office returned our calls.) But the fight is far from over and the forces of justice and democracy obviously do not prevail in the US House of Representatives. Another vote is expected today (Thursday). Action Alert below:
Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are bringing Fast Track back to a vote TODAY. Will you call your Democratic Congress member and urge them to vote no?Here’s why your call matters, Alan. Your Congress member did the right thing on Friday, as one of 157 Democrats who voted no on Fast-Track. But the White House and corporate lobbyists are still trying to pressure them, and they need some positive reassurance.Please call your member TODAY at the number below, and leave this message:
Rep. John Carney
As your constituent, I want to thank you for voting “no” on Trade Promotion Authority Friday. Today’s vote is even WORSE, as the Fast Track bill now has no measures that would help displaced workers. Please stick to your principles, and continue to represent me by voting “no” today.
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.”
First, the old reliable stinker, alias Senator Tom Carper.
The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a fight of great substantive and symbolic significance to those concerned about climate change. And, as we keep writing, Delaware is the lowest lying US state and mega-vulnerable to the effects of global warming–especially sea level rise. Thus, Delaware pols should be leaders in the effort to limit climate change. Obviously most are not. Especially, Tom Carper isn’t. 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.