June 2nd 2014 the EPA announced it's proposed Clean Power Plan--for the first time EVER this plan includes a national limit on carbon pollution from new & power plants, the main driver of climate change. On July 29th 2014 Sixteen Delaware Sierra Club supporters attended one of the public hearings on the proposal at EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C. to testify in favor of climate action; Photos of the day are below.
The State of Delaware recently noticed a new plan by the Delaware City Refinery to stabilize the shoreline from sea level rise and erosion. While on the surface the plan looks like a progressive way to protect the refinery's shoreline and fire suppression equipment (behind the docks in the oil unloading/loading area), a closer look reveals serious problems with the plan and a lack of substantiation of claims made about environmental benefits with evidence and documentation.
This July 4th a few of our chapter volunteers took the opportunity to celebrate America's birthday by working to save "buy local" & "buy American", our democracy and our environment from "fast track" of expansive and overreaching trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We handed out flyers at the Hockessin July 4th parade about Fast Track and the TPP and talked with Congressman Carney to ask him to speak out against Fast Track.
On Thursday, 7/10 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United--and Delaware had a part in making it happen! Our chapter worked closely with Common Cause Delaware and many other allies to get a majority in the Delaware House & Senate to call for an amendment to The Constitution that would effectively overturn the extremely controversial & damaging ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in Citizens United v.
The University of Delaware announced on Thursday, 7/10 that they had terminated their 75 year lease with The Data Centers LLC, the company that wanted to build a 279MW power plant and data center on UD's STAR Campus in downtown Newark.
Sierra Club supporters say NO to tar sands and YES to clean energy in Delaware!
On Saturday, May 17, we joined communities around the country to ask the president and local officials to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, offshore drilling and other dirty fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate, like the transport of shale oil & tar sands to the Delaware City Refinery by rail and up the Delaware River by barge to Paulsboro, NJ.
On March 4, 2014 Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara held a press conference to kickoff their "Clean Water for Delaware's Future" initiative. We attended, along with over 200 people from the environmental and health community, press and the public, to see the unveiling of this new plan.