climate bills

4 climate bills draw support, criticism ahead of hearings

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Three House bills and one Senate bill are set to be heard Wednesday by the House Natural Resources and Energy committee and the Senate Environment Energy & Transportation committee.¬† All of them are part of an initiative by Gov. John Carney and Democratic legislators to lower harmful emissions in Delaware to improve air quality. The package includes eight bills, seven …

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First of 7 climate change bills moves to House floor

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

As part of a suite of other climate bills, the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee approved a bill that would require Delaware to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 2050. House Bill 99, which is sponsored by Rep. Deb Heffernan, D-Bellefonte, says net state greenhouse gas emissions must be 50% of the 2005 levels by 2030 and …

More than 500 Delaware high schoolers showed up to Thursday's Youth Environmental Summit. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

500+ Del. students talk sustainability at Environment Summit

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Odyssey Charter sophomore Arnav Taduviyi said awareness and education are the first step to combating the negative environmental effects of climate change.¬† ‚ÄúThere is a point of no return which is honestly really scary and people should be aware and cognizant of that and try to make a difference, even if it’s just a small one,‚ÄĚ he said Thursday during …

UD researcher Matt Breece presents to Caesar Rodney High School students Tuesday.

Caesar Rodney climate class: Straight outta Antarctica 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Caesar Rodney high school students had a front row seat Tuesday to penguin research in the South Pole. You read that right.¬† The students were connected online to a group of University of Delaware researchers down at the pole. ‚ÄúI really liked learning about how global warming is either affecting or helping certain populations of penguins in Antarctica,‚ÄĚ said senior …

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Car dealers absent from gas-powered vehicle ban meeting

Staff WriterHeadlines, Government

During a public meeting on the state‚Äôs plan to totally ban the sale of most new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, those opposed to the proposal outnumbered supporters three to one.¬† There will be another virtual public workshop on the proposed regulations Thursday at 6 p.m. Gov. John Carney announced in March that Delaware would adopt California‚Äôs zero-emission vehicle regulations, which …

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State holds meeting on zero-emission vehicle mandate

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Under a proposed regulation being considered by Delaware‚Äôs environmental control agency, all new passenger cars, trucks and SUVs sold in Delaware would be zero-emissions by 2035. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held a virtual workshop on the matter Tuesday, yielding varied opinions. Gov. John Carney in March announced that Delaware would adopt California‚Äôs zero-emission vehicle regulations, which …

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Rehoboth Beach to hold special meeting on offshore wind

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold a special meeting Tuesday focused on offshore wind projects under development off Delaware‚Äôs coast. According to the city, the meeting will include presentations from representatives of eight organizations as well as a question-and-answer session. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public, both in person and via livestream. Click …

BIOGAS

Sussex biogas facility expansion subject of upcoming workshop

Charlie MegginsonBusiness, Headlines

Delaware‚Äôs environmental control agency will hold a virtual community workshop on Sept. 28 to discuss a proposal to expand a Seaford biogas facility. Biogas is a renewable fuel produced by the breakdown of organic matter, such as animal manure. The result is a mixture of gases, primarily consisting of methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Bioenergy Devco, the company that …

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Delaware to spend $18 million on EV chargers

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Delaware‚Äôs transportation department will use federal infrastructure funds to install multi-car electric vehicle chargers along major travel routes throughout the state. The move comes as part of a national effort to increase access to electric vehicle charging stations, thereby making electric vehicles a more reliable means of transportation. Delaware Department of Transportation secretary Nicole Majeski said installing charging stations in …

Emissions

Carbon emissions goals released from Senate committee

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

A controversial bill setting Delaware‚Äôs goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was released from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee Wednesday and will advance to the Senate floor for a vote.¬† Senate Bill 305, the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act, would require Delaware to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% before 2030 and by 90% before 2050.¬† Opponents said the …