I moved to New Hampshire in 1989 and have seen many things change since then. In addition to raising two fine young men (with my wife) and enjoying the state’s friendly people and great natural beauty, I’ve gotten to participate first-hand in the grassroots democracy for which the state is also famous.
This past Monday, Governor Hogan’s Administration circulated a press release praising local governments for having "met their requirements under state law to develop financing plans to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and protect and restore local waters and the Chesapeake Bay." But most of these plans don't actually meet the requirements of the law.
Donald Trump publically shuns a “rigged system” and the “establishment.” But when it comes to assembling his team of advisors and the personnel he wants to lead government agencies under his administration, he has fully bought into the D.C. energy lobbyist establishment and policies from dark money think tanks.
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Every day we are exposed to hidden dangers in our personal care products, the food we eat, and the clothes we wear; but did you know that there are also dangers lurking in the place where you rest your head? Our mattresses are supposed to be a restful haven, a place where we can feel comfortable and relaxed to charge up for the next day of wrangling with kids, or facing a stressful work place. Unfortunately, they may also be exposing us to dangerous toxic chemicals.
The Clean Water Act. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Complicated important laws with lofty goals.
We think a lot about these two laws. Together, they represent a vision that we should act like water matters. That we ought to end pollution into our nation’s water bodies. That what comes out of the tap should be safe to drink.
Democracy works best when the electorate is informed and uses that information to hold our elected leaders accountable. That’s why we collaborated with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennEnvironment, and Sierra Club to develop the 2015-2016 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard