RIP Barbara Brenner (Breast Cancer Action)

Barbara Brenner , long time leader of Breast Cancer Action, was a hero of the fight against environmentally-related cancer–among many other matters–and a consistent challenger of the profit-oriented “cancer industry” symbolized by the “American Cancer Society” and “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

She passed on May 10 at the age of 61 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Continue reading

Media release: “Lawmakers oppose delmarva power’s rate increase request”

[Note: Rep. Kowalko has prepared a summary of recent Delmarva Power “rate cases.”  See previous post.]

Delaware House of Representatives

Rep. John Kowalko

For Immediate Release: Contact: Drew Volturo

April 9, 2013 Work: (302) 744-4001 Cell: (302) 593-5969

Lawmakers oppose delmarva power’s rate increase request

State representatives and advocates voice need to protect Delawarean consumers

WILMINGTON – Declaring that recession-recovering families cannot afford it, lawmakers and advocates representing low-, middle- and fixed-income Delawareans gathered Tuesday to protest Delmarva Power’s latest request to increase electric rates by $42 million. Continue reading

Carper, Coons, betray Delaware yet again — vote for tar sands oil pipeline

ACTION: Call Coons and Carper.  Email their staffers.  Sign the petition.  But do something!

Two of the worst Democratic senators in the US Senate are from Delaware:  Chris Coons and Tom Carper.  These two are what have been called “Democrats in Name Only” (DINOs) in the sense that they almost always vote for fat-cat interests and betray the public interest.

On March 22, 2013, Coons and Carper disgraced themselves and mocked the interests of Delaware by joining 15 other “Democratic” senators in voting to support the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Continue reading

New York Times: “How Delaware Thrives as a Corporate Tax Haven”

I’ve written a few times about Delaware’s shameful status as a safe harbor for corporate misconduct.   Delawareans seem willing to go along with this–I suppose because they think they are getting lower taxes out of it.  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?  Hard to say.  But it IS amusing to see representatives of the Cayman Islands complaining about Delaware, as in the NYT story below.

“You can have companies in Delaware that have no U.S. bank accounts, no requirements for documentation and no one knows who owns them,” says Anthony B. Travers, chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and former chairman of that country’s Financial Services Association. “There should be a level playing field and Delaware should have to comply with the same standards as the Caymans.” Continue reading

Planning and Sea level rise in Delaware–public comments needed

Bureaucrats trying to do their jobs but Gov. Markell betrays us yet again….

The single most important issue Delaware faces is sea level rise due to global warming.  Nobody knows exactly how fast the sea is going to rise, but the estimates keep increasing.  In my opinion, most indications point to greater rise than the official forecasts, But any realistic estimate of the situation says Delaware is going to change a lot. Continue reading

A glimpse into the MO of “Cockroach” Coons …

is really a glimpse into what’s usual in Delaware.

It should be no secret to Green Delaware’s readers that relentless harassment by scumbag officials has made in impossible for me to live and work full time in Delaware. See, for example: “Evil in a small place–harassment and selective prosecution by New Castle County.” and “Evil in a small place (#2) ….future of Green Delaware.” Continue reading

Regulation-weakening scam favors special interests…..has no economic benefit

A little background

Tom Carper (now Senator) was elected Governor of Delaware in 1992.   His agenda was pure “Chamber of Commerce” and he launched an across-the board attack on protection of the environment, and consumer protection, in Delaware.  Continue reading

Waters rising … Delaware going away?

At the Delaware Audubon annual meeting on December 7th (A nice event, by the way), I had the chance to offer a few thoughts on Delaware, sea level rise, and climate change.  Here is an expanded version of those comments.

First, the reality is that climate-changing emissions keep rising and, while humans could act to stop this, there are not a lot of objective grounds for optimism that this will happen.  See, for example “ CO2 emissions rises mean dangerous climate change now almost certain.Continue reading