Green Delaware News #34
Child abuse in Delaware
Return of rail service to Dover in the works?
Rotting minds at the University of Delaware
Bills to limit smoking in public places
How polluters influence "environmental education"
SB 33: Minner's "Pollution Bill"
House Bill 195, the sewer cleanup bill, approved by House committee
Port Penn, Delaware, May 15, 2001. On May
9th the House of Representatives held a committee hearing on HB 195, which
sets a deadline of Jan 1, 2009, for ending of raw sewage dumping in Delaware.
The City of Wilmington sent a sizeable delegation to make a presentation
opposing the bill. Contrary to repeated assurances from Wilmington
Mayor Jim Baker that he wants to clean up the dumping, the City presentation
held to the same old line: "little water quality benefit" would be realized
by a cleanup and, anyway, Wilmington can't afford it. The representatives
weren't fooled and
Factoids from "Prevent Child Abuse Delaware"
According to the Kids Count 2000-2001 Fact Book, "reports of child abuse and neglect increased 50% between 1986 and 1993 due to the rise in family poverty, the rise in substance abuse, and decline in the amount of social services available to these families." "During FY 2000, the Divisions of Family Services received 5,893 reports of child abuse and neglect, substantiating 1,988, or about 33%."
Rep. Nancy Wagner promotes return of passenger trains to Dover
Everyone in Delaware is impacted by "Route 1," the north-south highway that was promoted to a gullible public (and gullible civic organizations) as a "relief route" for beach traffic but was actually intended to "unzip" the state for another destructive round of development. It worked: Though the billion-dollar-plus Route 1 is incomplete, the entire state is suffering from the congestion and sprawl induced by this misguided project. Representative Nancy Wagner of Dover has put a lot of time and energy into something more sensible: restoring passenger train service to Dover from Wilmington and other points North.
House Joint Resolution 6, with more than 40 sponsors, sets up a Task Force to "research the feasibility of providing rail transportation between Dover and Wilmington." Rail Passenger Association leader John Flaherty said: "This is an important step towards restoring rail passenger service to lower Delaware after a fifty-year hiatus. Nancy Wagner took the bull by the horns. She has approached this project with a can-do attitude and hasn't taken no for an answer." The first concrete result is a train to the NASCAR races in Dover on June 3rd. ACTION: Let officeholders know you support rail transit.
Rotting minds at the University of Delaware? (Or is it backbones?)
At a Budget Office hearing earlier this year, a Green Delaware representative testified that University of Delaware students were being "lobotomized" by an industry-controlled university. Here are two examples of why one might think that:
"Students for the Environment (S4E)" This
group at the University of Delaware was involved in covering up the arrest
of a Green Delaware representative at their University for giving out flyers
about Wilmington's raw sewage dumping (Also involved in the coverup were
the student newspaper, The Review, and the U. of D. chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union.). S4E sends out emails about issues in Seatttle,
The Review editors wrote on May 4th: "... In reality, solar power is somewhat inefficient, and its funds may best be spent elsewhere ... Nuclear power, however, is one of the best energy sources available, and any option is a good option. ..."
Important bills would limit smoking in public places
The info below is excerpted from Business Week magazine, May 7, 2001 (Thanks to Green Delaware Steering Committee member Anna White, an active anti-tobacco- industry activist.)
By Paul Raeburn
"This year is the 15th anniversary of an event
that will not be celebrated
"According to the Centers for Disease Control, secondhand smoke:
-- Causes 3,000 deaths from lung cancer and 62,000
heart disease deaths in
Delaware Solid Waste Authority mocks recycling
Every year the Delaware Solid Waste Authority
holds an event at the University of Delaware to promote incineration and
bad-mouth recycling. Running this years May 9th meeting was Ronald
L. Mersky of Widener University. Mersky opposes recycling and says
cans and bottles should be thrown into landfills or incinerators.
He boasts of having
How Polluters Influence Environmental Education
(courtesy of Garden State Environnews. We strongly
suggest reading the whole thing at www.utne.com)
By John F. Borowski, Utne Reader, May-June 2001
Florida's Orange County Convention Center
is big. Big enough to hold the
A handful of conservation groups were on
hand offering teachers
- The coal industry's Greening Earth Society
passed out videos and teacher
- The "Temperate Forest Foundation" offered
a video titled The Dynamic
- The American Farm Bureau, avowed enemies
of environmental education,
They were selling lies, and the teachers
were buying - quickly filling
Environmental education is under assault
on two fronts. First,
Lots of publicity has attended this so-called
(by the Wilmington News Journal) "pollution bill." It's represented
as the fulfillment of a campaign promise of Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.
The original version, drafted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNREC)
was so "inartfully done" (quoting DNREC Secretary Nick DiPasquale) that
nobody could really tell what it meant. Newer versions are only slightly
less confusing. The basic idea is to beef up slightly the requirements
for reporting of "environmental releases." There is also a provision
for designating "chronic violators." Petro-chemical lobbyists have
complained steadily and have been accommodated. In three hearings
in Dover, we've heard the usual babble about "all the stakeholders," but
DiPasquale's testimony has made clear that only industrial interests have
really been consulted. An evil
Let us know what you think.
Email us at
Alan J. Muller, Exec. Director
P.O. Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731
This page was last updated on May 20, 2001.
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