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 →
SB 234, latest Delaware “recycling” bill, shuts down container deposit program rather than fixing it.Â This isn’t good enough.Â Please ask Senators to hold off voting on this bill until it can be fixed.
Last week was the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.Â Few serious environmental campaigners have much interest any more in Earth Day, which is mostly now celebrated by big polluters “greenwashing” themselves.Â But it is still a good time to reflect on where we are and how we arrived. Continue reading →
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd has told DuPont Co. CEO Ellen Kullman he is “particularly alarmed” by a series of accidents at the company’s Belle plant, including a phosgene leak that killed a worker two weeks ago. Continue reading →
The essence of the “health care” debate.
Congressman Mike Castle and Senator Tom Carper seem clearly aligned with the billionaires.Â Â We don’t know about Senator Kaufman.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury has found the Bureau of Land Management and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. negligent in the use of an herbicide blamed for damaging thousands of acres of crops across a broad swath of southern Idaho. Continue reading →
This just out from Governor Markell’s office.Â (Emphasis in red added.)Â Exactly what it will mean in practice is uncertain, but the rhetoric is straight “Republican:” businesses/corporations over humans/health/environment.Â This sort of language is almost always bad news.Â One token mention of “citizens” is in the last line.Â It is true, of course, that Delaware’s economy is stagnant and this is not good.Â Whether Markell’s various initiatives can stimulate the economy without destroying the remaining vestiges of human citizen control over Delaware remains to be seen. Continue reading →
Many readers will know about this issue–Green Delaware has written about it quite a bit, and recently even the mainstream press has been paying some attention.
Technically, the problem is simple:Â Big bad industrial sites–mainly, in Delaware, Conectiv’s Edge-Moor Power Plant, Valero’s Delaware City Refinery, and NRG’s Indian River Power Plant–pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water out of the Delaware River and Rehoboth Bay every day.Â DuPont, Sunoco, and others are also offenders.Â The biggest single offender is the Salem/Hope Creek nuclear complex across the river in New Jersey. Continue reading →
I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled. Continue reading →