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  • Visitors to Fort Delaware asked to follow guidelines to minimize spread of White-Nose Syndrome from bats in fort
    DELAWARE CITY (May 2, 2012) – When Fort Delaware State Park reopens for tours on May 5, visitors will make the boat trip from the Delaware City dock to the pier on Pea Patch Island to learn about the fort’s Civil War history, get spooked on its popular ghost tours and check out the island’s heron rookery. This season, visitors will also learn about the fort’s seldom-seen bats and what they can do to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), an illness that has affected millions of bats in eastern North America and that was recently found in the island’s bat population. Since i....
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  • DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2012 Young Environmentalist Awards
    DOVER (April 30, 2012) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 2012 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Nominations will be accepted between Tuesday, May 1 and Friday, June 1, 2012. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categori....
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  • Celebrating National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week
    This week, February 18 through 25, 2012, FFA members in Delaware and across the nation will celebrate National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week. FFA is a national organization of 540,739 members and 7,489 chapters from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA makes agriculture real for all students enrolled in related programs of study. It is a diverse organization that draws its members from rural, urban and suburban schools. This year, the theme for National FFA Week is “I Believe” and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly an....
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  • What’s the problem with solar subsidies
    The default response to criticism of solar subsidies is that the oil industry receives subsidies. So, for the record, accelerated depreciation on drilling equipment and oil depletion allowances that made sense to encourage drilling when oil was at $30 a barrel do not make sense at $100 a barrel and they should end. But some perspective is needed. Oil industry subsidies amount to about six tenths of a cent a gallon. Solar subsidies are the equivalent of stopping for gasoline and instead of paying $4 a gallon for gas the station pays you sixty cents. Solar subsidies have problems including ....
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  • The Truth about Energy Profits
    America's largest oil and natural gas companies recently reported quarterly earnings, and as expected, profits were up. But the caricature of fat-cat energy executives lining their pockets at the expense of the everyman doesn't hold up to scrutiny. ExxonMobil posted quarterly earnings of $10.7 billion on Thursday, up 69 percent from last year. And on Wednesday, ConocoPhillips reported quarterly earnings of $3 billion, reflecting an increase of 43 percent from a year ago. Impressive, but not shocking given the current price of crude oil. No less predictable was the outrage voiced by pol....
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  • Is environmentalism good for American business?
    Joe Veilleux doesn’t view himself as an environmentalist, but he understands how his actions might paint him with that brush. “I’m not an environmentalist,” said Veilleux, general manager of the U.S. operations of natural health ingredient manufacturer Euromed. “I’m a pragmatist. There’s a difference. A lot of environmentalists have characterized their cause as one that pits them directly against corporate America. I’m part of corporate America, but I also recognize the debt I owe to the environment and want to do my fair share to protect it. In the long run, it’s just good for business a....
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  • Why Bad Pruning Is Like Giving Your Garden a Bad Haircut
    There is nothing worse than a bad haircut. The one thing you can’t do with a bad haircut is uncut it, so you just have to wait for it to grow out before you can fix it. That’s how expert gardener Carol Chernega views the art and science of pruning a shrub. If you trim it the wrong way, you’re only compounding your problems, but learning the right way is not nearly as difficult as going to cosmetology school. “Instead of giving your shrubs a bad haircut, it’s actually very simple to give them a day at the spa, instead,” said Chernega, producer and star of the DVD Pruning Shrubs with You....
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  • Dept. of Interior, DNREC initiate process for first lease of commercial wind power for offshore Delaware
    Lewes, DE – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Michael R. Bromwich today announced that the Department is initiating the process to offer the first commercial wind lease under the “Smart from the Start” Atlantic Offshore Wind program, off the coast of Delaware. The decision follows a determination that there is no competitive interest for commercial wind energy development in this area of the Outer Continental Shelf, precluding the need for competitive bidding. “This is a significant milesto....
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  • Dept. of Interior, DNREC initiate process for first lease of commercial wind power for offshore Delaware
    Lewes, DE – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Michael R. Bromwich today announced that the Department is initiating the process to offer the first commercial wind lease under the “Smart from the Start” Atlantic Offshore Wind program, off the coast of Delaware. The decision follows a determination that there is no competitive interest for commercial wind energy development in this area of the Outer Continental Shelf, precluding the need for competitive bidding. “This is a significant milesto....
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  • Obama's Recycled Energy Misdirection
    President Obama has been touring the country to talk about "Winning the Future." And at each event, he's promised to take "clean energy from imagination to reality." Conspicuously absent from all his recent speeches, though, has been any mention of climate change, global warming or carbon-dioxide (CO2) rationing. No doubt this is the result of the political fiasco surrounding his favored cap-and-trade legislation. By way of background, shortly after then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi jammed it through the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009, cap-and-trade lost favor with the American people. ....
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  • Where are the green jobs?
    Green jobs will make the economy grow, or so the often repeated mantra goes. Actually there are fewer green jobs in Delaware now than in 2003 (750 in 2003, 650 in 20111) and significant job growth appears to be unlikely. Furthermore, green jobs incentives will cost as much as $500 a year in higher electricity bills diverting money from other uses! So someone else loses a job because you don’t go out as often or don’t buy a new piece of furniture. Eight independent studies2 relating experiences from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and California indicate each g....
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  • Gardening calendar for March
    Here’s your gardening calendar for March. For the first half of March: Finish pruning shrubs and ornamental trees, except spring flowering shrubs, before growth starts. Prune spring flowering shrubs (lilac, forsythia, etc.) as soon as they finish flowering. Finish pruning home fruit trees. Do not leave stubs; they usually die and become great entryways for fungus. To prevent infection from fungal spores and bacteria, do not prune plants in damp or wet weather. Plan your vegetable garden on paper. Use spaces efficiently and rotate vegetables from last years plan to reduce insect and d....
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  • Sussex Gardener: "FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week"
    This week, February 19 through 26, 2011, FFA members in Delaware and across the nation will celebrate National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week. FFA is a national organization of 523,309 members and 7,487 chapters from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA makes agriculture real for all students enrolled in related programs of study. It is a diverse organization that draws its members from rural, urban and suburban schools. This year, the theme for National FFA Week is “Infinite Potential” and it embodies all the best about FFA members, from the mo....
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  • Free community forum series focuses on consumers and energy
    Georgetown, DE – The first in a series of free community forums entitled “Energy & You: Achievable, Affordable and Sustainable” will be held on Tuesday, January 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the theater of the Arts & Science Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. The featured presenter will be Bill Andrew, president and CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Greenwood, Delaware. Today’s energy strategy must be affordable, achievable and sustainable. How we get there is the key! Using existing technology and common sense is an impor....
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  • Deicing roads, driveways & walkways
    Last year at this time we were snowed in with the second snow storm of winter and most of us were sick of shoveling snow and the cold weather. In December we had several snow falls, so I thought I should recycle this article on de-icers just in case we have a repeat of last winter. When winter storms result in icy conditions, de-icers are sometimes used to help relieve some of the dangerous effects. However, precautions must be noted prior to their use. De-icing salt, rock salt or sodium chloride is very effective in making our ice-covered roads and sidewalks safer on which to travel....
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