Monthly Archives: August 2009

Federal jury finds Bureau of Land Management, DuPont negligent in damaged farmland case


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.  (Emphasis in red added.)  Exactly what it will mean in practice is uncertain, but the rhetoric is straight “Republican:” businesses/corporations over humans/health/environment.  This sort of language is almost always bad news.  One token mention of “citizens” is in the last line.  It is true, of course, that Delaware’s economy is stagnant and this is not good.  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

“Statement of Evidence–Particulate Emissions and Health” by Professor Vyvyan Howard (38 pages).

This is not light reading, but neither is the subject.  Anyone wanting to know more about air pollution and health will find it worthwhile to plow through these 38 pages.

Vyvyan Howard is also a key person behind the longer report The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators from the British Society for Ecological Medicine

Imprudent, unhealthy doings at the Delaware Electric Cooperative

Shortsighted plans at Delaware Electric Cooperative
Coop should not invest members’ energy future in new coal plant

Alan Muller
Green Delaware

Years ago, I suggested in the State News that Delaware Electric Cooperative (“the Coop”) should invest in conservation and efficiency programs in its own service area, benefiting members and local businesses, rather than send this money our of state to buy nuclear power from Virginia. Continue reading

Clunkers program promotes continued gas guzzling

The official site is here.

The fuel economy requirements aren’t very strict:

“For passenger automobiles, the new vehicle must have a combined fuel economy value of at least 22 miles per gallon. For category 1 trucks, the new vehicle must have a combined fuel economy value of at least 18 miles per gallon. For category 2 trucks, the new vehicle must have a combined fuel economy value of at least 15 miles per gallon. Category 3 trucks have no minimum fuel economy requirement; however, there are special requirements that apply to the purchase of category 3 vehicles.”

The best combined mileage for a new car now available in the US, according to the Govt. site, is 46 mpg (prius), 42 (Civic Hybrid), 40 (Jetta Diesel), 36 (Smart Car), 32 (Toyota Yaris), and down from there.

In 1986 (adjusted to the new measurements):  48 (Chevy Sprint ER), 46 (Honda CRX HF), 36 (Chevette Diesel), 33 (Plymouth Colt) and so on.

Lost ground over the past twenty years.

I don’t think it makes sense to give rebates for cars getting less than, say 30 MPG.