From Facebook ~
the statements ignored by the corporate media in yesterday’s Delaware gubernatorial debates. (As posted on facebook – originally posted to Delaware Liberal)
Summer ice in the Arctic may be gone by 2020. Climate change is already killing 400,000 people a year, and costing us 1.2 trillion dollars a year.
We know our climate is broken.
Our economy is based on burning fossil fuels. The problem is, that’s killing the planet.
Climate change is the most urgent and important issue confronting us.
We need to stop burning fossil fuels. We need to change our economy.
Economic change driven by climate change is happening whether we manage it or not. But our government is not limiting carbon with any urgency. We’re drilling for oil in the Arctic, and cooking oil from sand in Canada—shipping it to Delaware City for refining.
Our government is accelerating the catastrophe.
This shows a terrifying willingness to sacrifice our children for short-term gain. And to shut our eyes to the danger.
But, solutions to the climate crisis will also fix our economy;
putting people to important work, strengthening the public sphere, and reining in corporations.
Real, Green solutions give power to the community; through transit systems accountable to their users, local organic agriculture, and local renewable energy.
We need a New Deal.
We need a GREEN New Deal.
Don’t wait for the corporatocracy for clean-tech jobs—they’re busy making money for themselves where labor’s cheaper overseas.
No matter who wins the elections in November, the price of oil will still be mostly set by other countries.
If we really want to protect ourselves from high gas prices, we have only one effective policy: extreme energy efficiency.
The Republicans are in the pockets of the dying fossil fuel industry and the Democrats are afraid of them.
So we can’t expect their leadership.
This is something only one political party is really facing—the Green Party…
Every crisis presents opportunity.
The opportunity cost of not changing to a sustainable economy is immense.
Our government, sponsored by the dinosaur fossil fuels industry, is standing in the way of work we need to do.
John F. Kennedy said, We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts…a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth…is a nation that is afraid of its people.
So who’s afraid?
Think for yourself. Vote your conscience.
You have the power.
GreenParty Delaware WHYY-TV will air Tuesday’s debate on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.
News Journal and Newsworks Gubernatorial debate coverage.
Plus, Mark Perri, GPDE candidate for governor, responded to a Harrington resident’s questionnaire. As follows. On 10/12/2012 11:48 AM, Chad Snader wrote: “I just sent the following email to ALL of the candidates running for legislative offices here in Delaware. I am looking forward to seeing who does or does not respond.”
Good morning. As a voter that is attempting to make informed decisions for the upcoming elect
1. Californians this year will be voting on Proposition 37, a referendum to determine whether or not food products with genetically modified organisms (GMO) should be labeled as containing GMOs. If a bill was introduced here in Delaware that would require GMO containing products to be labeled, would you support it and/or vote for it?
A. GMOs will be created and used but they must be produced and consumed safely. GMO foods should be produced under well-designed and carefully followed quality plans with testing appropriate to the level of risk. The costs of GMOs must not be externalized; the testing costs and environmental costs, for example, should be reflected in their prices. People who buy GMO food should know what they are buying and what the risks are.
2. Currently in Delaware, the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk is illegal. Delaware adopted the federally recommended Pasteurized Milk Ordanance (PMO), without legislative approval, to ban the sale of raw milk. In this day of decreasing numbers of dairy farms in the state, not to mention the demise of small family farms in general, I would like your opinion, for or against the sale of raw milk. Bear in mind that Pennsylvania allows it and New Jersey recently voted to approve on farm sales because people were driving across state lines to purchase the food they prefer and the state was losing out on a revenue stream, no matter how small it was in the grand scheme of things.
A. People will drink raw milk and sell it but it must be produced safely. All foods should be produced under well-designed and carefully followed HACCP plans (or their equivalent) with pathogen testing at intervals commensurate with the level of risk. People who buy raw milk should know what the risks are.
3. In general, do you feel people have the right to choose what they eat and drink or do you feel that the state or federal government should determine how people feed themselves?
A. People have free will. Government is nothing more or less than the system we use to live together successfully. Tools, systems, and their use must be constantly improved. Call it The Big Conversation. People do and will continue to choose what they ingest, mostly to their detriment and whether it’s legal or not, but more and more, education, information, knowledge are helping us to eat better. Government should promote this.
4. Currently, Delaware grows large amounts of genetically modified corn and soy that requires massive amounts of chemical fertilizer and pesticides. Would you be supportive of a farm bill that would redirect crop subsidies from large industrial farms that, in many cases do not need the subsidies, to smaller scale farms that would like to break the GMO crop cycle but cannot afford to leave their fields in cover crops for two or three years to heal the soil and begin farming in a more sustainable fashion?
A. Yes. Your points are well stated.
5. The small farm/cottage food industry in Delaware is almost non-existent. I recently was in a local store and they sold jams and the like from local producers, however, none of them were from Delaware. All the products were from Pennsylvania. Having looked into what it would take to sell homemade products like pickles and jellies made from our own garden recently, I found that it is virtually impossible here in Delaware to produce these products due to the immense costs and red tape, put in place by the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. This is a two part question. First, would you support streamlining this process to provide an avenue for the few small family farms that we have left to provide processed foods they can produce from their homegrown fruits, vegetables and animals? If so, can you elaborate and if not can you please tell me why?
A. Yes, see my remark about The Big Conversation and continual improvement above; processes are dynamic, the regulations used to manage them must be consistent with that. Climate change is driving localization, regulations need to facilitate that adaptation.