Commentary: Food security, climate and the rest of the story

A new United Nations climate report warns global food security is under threat from warming temperatures making food scarcer, and more expensive. The recommended solutions include using no-till and targeted fertilizer use in farming, reducing food waste, and human diet changes to less red meat. Specific claims of climate change damage are: • Deserts are […]

Commentary: Don’t ask the poor to pay for your electric vehicle

The Delaware Electric Vehicle Association responded to my article claiming EVs are a very expensive way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (“Electric cars show promise for the future,” Dec. 21). Interestingly the response doesn’t really dispute that claim. I compared the cost difference of an electricity powered Chevy Bolt to a very similar gasoline fueled […]

Commentary: Electric vehicles expensive way to reduce emissions

Numerous programs have been suggested to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to ease global warming concerns. Few are as expensive as switching to battery-powered motor vehicles. A comparison between the Chevrolet Bolt battery electric compact hatchback, and its near twin Chevrolet Cruze hatchback powered by a conventional internal combustion engine showed the cost to reduce […]

Commentary: DNREC stalls release of low-income program evaluations

A recent federal study found as many as one third of American families may live in energy poverty, defined as energy bills exceeding 10 percent of their income. At least 30,000 families might qualify for the low-income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), a joint federal and state program to improve energy efficiency in homes by sealing […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware fails to shut down upwind power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Delaware and Maryland petitions to shut down upwind coal-fired power plants. The EPA concluded upwind state plans to implement the recently completed Cross State Air Pollution Rule will result in Delaware and Maryland meeting all air quality standards, including ground level ozone. Ozone has been the hardest pollutant […]

COMMENTARY: Is Delaware a victim of upwind air pollution?

One of our important First Amendment rights is the ability to petition the federal government to correct a wrong. Delaware’s Air Quality Division petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency in early 2016 to force upwind coal-fired power plants to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions. Nitrogen dioxide acts as a catalyst in the creation of unhealthy ground level […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware-backed Clean Power Plan a losing proposition

Here’s all you need to know about the Clean Power Plan and its goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric generators in one sentence. The CPP is illegal, is another sign of our divided country, it wouldn’t have a discernible impact on global warming, and the emission goals will probably be met without it. […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware gets an ‘A’ for air quality

The Environmental Protection Agency tracks seven pollutants at air quality monitoring stations in Delaware, and we currently meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six of them. Kent and Sussex counties meet the standards for all seven. New Castle County misses meeting the standard for ground-level ozone by a marginal amount, less than 3 percent […]