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Brandywine Battlefield 1, Free Markets 0: Scrapped Chester County housing development a sign of hope for hallowed Revolutionary War site

opinion by Maria Panaritis, The Inquirer, January 5, 2018 — 6:36 PM EST

It was a firefight so consequential that the British sent Gen. George Washington and his troops fleeing and captured Philadelphia just two weeks later. Philly also lost its status as the nation’s capital because of it.

In the annals of local and American history, in other words, the daylong Battle of Brandywine in 1777 was one of the largest of the Revolutionary War. But measured by national parks, monuments, and museums, Brandywine is the forgotten stepchild of the war that introduced the world to modern-day democratic rule.

Until, quite possibly, now.

A few days before New Year’s, residents of Westtown Township, Chester County, cheered as their elected officials spiked a planned Toll Bros. housing development on a 322-acre privately owned parcel known as Crebilly Farm, where portions of the famous battle were believed to have been waged….

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Urge Governor Wolf to Halt the Mariner East II Pipeline

from Clean Air Council, December 22nd, 2017

The construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline has caused over 100 drilling-fluid spills and has contaminated drinking water supplies, streams, and wetlands in many locations across Pennsylvania. Senator Dinniman has called on Governor Wolf to halt construction of the pipeline until residents’ concerns are addressed. Dinniman’s call for a halt was joined by Senator Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky, with calls from Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.

Call Governor Wolf right now at 717-787-2500 to urge him to halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline. We are working with partner groups to try to get 1,000 calls to Wolf by the new year. Please add your voice now.

Use the script below for guidance. Please leave a message so your call can count.

PLEASE CLICK HERE, FILL OUT YOUR INFORMATION & CLICK “SUBMIT” to help us keep count of how many participated.

call script:

My name is [NAME] from [Town, County] and I am calling to support Senators Dinniman and Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky in their request that you take a leadership role and halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline due to its public safety and environmental risks. Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin have called for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.

As governor, you are in a unique position to protect the environment for current and future generations and have an obligation to ensure public health and safety. I urge you to heed the call of a growing number of constituents and elected officials and immediately halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline until an impartial re-evaluation of the environmental and safety risks is complete.

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Swamp Tales: Puerto Rico Cancels $300 Million Trump Crony Electrical Grid Rebuild Contract

by Harvey Wasserman, The Progressive, October 30, 2017

continue reading at he swampish saga would be hard to invent. In early October, Puerto Rico’s Energy Power Authority awarded a $300 million tax-funded contract to reconstruct the island’s hurricane devastated power grid to a two-person, two-year-old firm based in the small Montana hometown of Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The company is financially backed by a major donor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

About eighty percent of Puerto Rico is still without power. Many hospitals are still dark. Local citizens needing medical treatments such as surgeries or dialysis have been forced to flee to places where electric power is available….

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2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR, 1/16/17

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you’re not going crazy.

The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released its annual State of the Climate report, which says it’s the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

A separate analysis, by NASA scientists, came to the same conclusion.

The news comes as a confirmation hearing begins for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has been nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has ardently defended fossil fuels and fought against federal efforts to regulate greenhouse gases that warm the planet….

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