Friday, November 16, 2012

New York Climate Change Governor Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has his priorities in order. The first step to ameliorate global warming is to use less energy, energy conservation. It saves energy and over time money. 

"First, we must begin by thinking about where and how we rebuild. The next generation’s infrastructure must be able to withstand another storm. We must also reduce the energy consumption that contributes to climate change — which means, for starters, upgrading our building codes."

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012


t won't be long until tracking chemicals begin to show up in Philadelphia's water. They can't be filtered out.

Pittsburgh's public drinking supply had been shut down by fracking companies dumping fracking chemicals directly into the Monongahela River. 

There telling me (the fracking companies) the sky's pink. And the sky is pink in Harrisburg.  Pittsburgh Councilman Doug Shields District 5 

Cement casings fail and gas leaks into groundwater.  

Well casings fail in 6% of wells immediately. Over a 30 year period 50% of well casings fail. -"Oil Feild Review" 2003. Dusseault, Grey
Gas well casings need to last forever. 

Cement failure caused the Deepwater Horizon gas explosion.

The gas companies don't want you to know that Tom Ridge was paid $900,000.00 to serve as chief spokesperson for the Marcellus Shale Coalition. 

Governor Tom Corbett was given $1.6 Million in campaign contributions by the gas industry. 


New Anti-Fracking Film by Gasland's Josh Fox Targets Cuomo: 'Governor, What Color Will the Sky Be Over New York?'
POSTED: June 20, 11:30 AM ET | By Jeff Goodell

Cuomo’s Fracking Plan Condemned



The Delaware Riverkeeper condemns a plan reported by the New York Times and other media that Governor Cuomo will allow shale gas drilling and fracking to commence in the State.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Should humans be listed on the Endangered Species Act?

Without the Endangered Species Act Bald Eagles would be gone.

"Based on estimates of extinction risk, 262 U.S. species would probably have gone extinct between 1973 and 2003 had the act not been passed." 

"The polar bear is the first species to be officially acknowledged as being threatened by global warming. Humans, too, will be a cost for a melting world. By protecting polar bears, and reducing emissions, we could avoid impacts such as hurricane damage, real estate losses, energy costs, and escalating water costs--a projected price tag of almost $1.9 trillion annually by 2100 in the US alone."

by Joe Roman

Right now we're doing next to nothing to prevent the earth from becoming too hot for human existence. Some species will continue to exist without humans on earth. There may be a tipping point where no matter what we do the earth will be too hot for human existence. 

The Endangered Species Act works. How about listing humans on the Endangered Species Act?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Teenagers doing stream research on the Brandywine Creek

Classroom work is only a prelude to the real world. They may forget most of the american history or english classes in high school. For me this is real education. Education you never forget. 

Whetting a thirst for water research

By Kathleen Brady SheaManaging Editor,
‘Brandywine Trek’ an educational odyssey for Coatesville teens

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tiger Mosquitos in Coatesville. PA

Aedes Albopictus

One of these girls landed on my hand. I was in my back yard in Coatesville. They bite in the daytime. If  you see one check around your home for any little thing that will hold water. They prefer things like lids and cans with water in them. They shy away from larger pools of water because their larvae have no competition in a soda can. Unlike some other mosquitoes they fly less than 200 meters.

The article below states  that they are a vector for West Nile Virus. My neighbor who worked for the EPA checking for West Nile said they are not as big of a West Nile Virus threat than some other mosquitoes.


Aedes albopictus Tiger Mosquito 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It might just be evolution at work

Our reluctance to accept the inevitability of the consequences of global warming may only be natural selection or survival of the fittest at work. We are on track to a Twenty Second Century coming and going without any humans alive to experience it.

The election issues like the economy, women's rights and other issues don't matter much when the real issue is survival of our human species.

Extreme weather might convince enough people that global warming is real to create a political tipping point, but that needs to happen before the earth reaches a tipping point in the survival of our species.

Right now it doesn't look good for my children or any human under 30 years old.

Like I said before, politicians need to keep in mind that their constituents will be extremely angry once there is no doubt among sane people that the earth is growing too warm for us to exist.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our legislators weren't "swayed by industry pressure" they were bought with $7,175,234 of fracking industry cash.

"Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania legislature passed, and Gov. Tom Corbett signed, historic Marcellus Shale gas drilling legislation that will affect the state for decades to come.

Did your legislators stand up for public health and the environment, or were they swayed by industry pressure? Click on your county in the map below to find out."

2012 Marcellus Scorecard
 Our Chester County State Senators were not "swayed by industry pressure". It's very plain from the documents in my post below that our Republican State Senators in Chester County were bought by the fracking industry. See the documents in my post below with lists of the fracking industry companies and the amount of cash given to each of our Chester County State Senators. 

Chester County State Senators 
Grand total of $71,000.00 from Gas companies to Republican PA Senators in Chester County from gas drilling companies. 
Grand total of $500.00 from gas companies to Chester County's only Democrat, Senator Andy Dinniman 
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sunday, january 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is Pennsylvania natural gas for Pennsylvanians or is it going to China?

"Cove Point, Maryland: In an effort to challenge what they call the next threat to America’s energy independence, environmental health, and family economics, a coalition of environmental organizations has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Energy challenging a proposal that would allow the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries, many in Asia and the Middle East.

“LNG facilities like the one proposed for Cove Point are intended to ship natural gas extracted in this country off to foreign lands. The result is that gas drillers can ship American gas overseas in order to make more money, but this increases the price of natural gas for us, and our communities and environment get ravaged by the shale gas “gold rush”, including thousands of miles of new pipelines through the Susquehanna Watershed. It may be a win for the gas drillers but it throws the idea of American energy independence out the window,” said Michael Helfrich, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper.

“We filed these comments because the law which oversees such projects puts citizens at a big disadvantage when it comes to LNG facilities” explains Guy Alsentzer, Staff Attorney for the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper. “The law asserts that Americans will benefit from LNG exports unless they can prove otherwise; this puts the burden of proof on average every day Americans, and relieves the big gas corporations from demonstrating that they will not harm U.S. citizens in their pursuit of profits. Unfortunately, one need only look at the thousands of violations across Pennsylvania that the PA Department of Environment has found at gas drilling sites to know that the drillers and shippers are not worthy of that presumption,” asserted Alsentzer.

“Gas drilling is devastating the communities where it is happening; the claim of environmentally friendly fracking and shale gas drilling is just another expensive messaging campaign” says Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper. “People are losing their drinking water, their clean air, their health, and the beautiful landscapes they call home. The assertion of cheap gas and energy independence touted by the drillers is, like the claims they make for gas drilling, clearly just another marketing campaign. We know that because they are investing tremendous sums of money and political capital in building and expanding LNG facilities in order to ship American extracted gas overseas. Americans are suffering all of the pollution and harm from gas drilling while foreign countries get to use the gas and drillers get to reap the profits. It’s a lose-lose for Americans” concludes van Rossum. 

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wednesday, june 15, 2011

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gut wrenching video of the extraction of Tar Sands Oil

Gut wrenching video of the extraction of dirtiest oil extraction method known to man in a once pristine environment.  The Tar Sands Oil that will run in the Keystone Pipeline to be sold in the European and South American Markets. 

If Canada destroys their fresh water with Tar Sands mining where will the Western United States get their water when the snow stops coming to the Rocky Mountains?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Outback in Coatesville Woodpecker and Train sounds

Outback in Coatesville, PA; Woodpecker and train Tuesday, February 07, 2012:

Sunday, January 29, 2012

FRACKING INDUSTRIES GAVE $7,175,234 to PA candidates and PACs

“Pennsylvania is one of only eleven states that do not limit the amount of money that individuals can give to candidates. Meanwhile, our state’s online campaign contribution database is so antiquated and inaccessible that it’s difficult for average citizens to know who is influencing their politicians. It’s a long-term problem with particularly serious consequences today.

The natural gas industry gave $7,175,234 to Pennsylvania candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) from 2000 through the end of 2010, according to a Common Cause/Pennsylvania (CCPA) analysis released today.  $3,442,212 was donated to elected officials currently in office. 

The top recipient remains Governor Tom Corbett, with a total $1,634,096 in contributions from the natural gas industry. Corbett raised $1,083,315 of that total in 2009-2010 from 216 donations.  He is followed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, with $293,333.

Giving by the industry doubled from the 2008 election cycle ($1,004,757) to the 2010 election cycle ($2,608,187)."
“When asked to put in place a temporary moratorium on drilling in public lands until a full study of the impact could be made, those who voted “no” had accepted an average of three times as much cash from gas interests than those who supported that reasonable measure.”
Natural Gas Donations Predict Marcellus Tax Votes
An analysis of the House of Representatives vote on SB 1155 by
Chester County State Senators 
Grand total of $71,000.00 from Gas companies to Republican PA Senators in Chester County from gas drilling companies. 
Grand total of $500.00 from gas companies to Chester County's only Democrat, Senator Andy Dinniman 

The tables below are from go to;  Use the “FIND A CANDIDATE” widget on the right side for more PA Senate and House members:

The total contribution to Chester County’s only Democratic State Senator Andy Dinniman, is $500 from the UGI PAC on June 12, 2007
$48,250.00 to Senator Pileggi
$4,600.00 to Senator Rafferty
$5,400.00 to Senator Erikson
$6,200.00 to Senator Brubaker
$6,900.00 to Senator Folmer
TOTAL $71,000.00 

Friday, January 27, 2012

State of the Art Green Buildings are in Philly, Why not Coatesville Too?

Sustainable living state of the art energy saving and stormwater control, especially green roof technology, could easily be adapted to Coatesville. It’s not rocket science and it’s more economically feasible than the wasteful old standard kind of building we usually do here. Sustainable living is not just about building materials its things like a walking community where most of what you need is a 10 minute walk away.

I think the reason energy saving and stormwater recharge building techniques are not used is purely because builders, engineers and architects are stuck in their old habits and don’t want to bother to learn new techniques and the reasons for them. If they want work and want to make a profit they need to get on the ball and learn up to date building techniques.

Back when I was on the City of Coatesville Planning Commission the engineers showed us their stormwater controls but it was clear to me they didn’t have a clue to why we need stormwater controls. The called me “The Stormwater Expert” They are supposed to be the stormwater experts for #@!!% . 

Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia

This is the duplex development in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia that is examined in the video.

Bernie Sanders proposes to ax fossil-fuel subsidies and add 10 million sun-powered rooftops

Bernie Sanders proposes to ax fossil-fuel subsidies and add 10 million sun-powered rooftops