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Virginia, your “green new deal” price tag is showing

Virginia, your "green new deal" price tag is showing   By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy January 18, 2022     (Note: this release is a companion piece to a recent article about Delaware's real and proven negatives of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon tax that causes less in-state power generation, higher consumer/industrial electricity rates, large industrial electricity users moving out of state, and loss of high-paying jobs. All with negligible impact on lowering temperatures.)     Progressives in Virginia held power by a slim margin for two years and succeed ...
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Imagine Delaware with no in-state electric power generation

Imagine Delaware with no in-state electric power generation By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy December 21, 2021 (updated January 11, 2022)     Delaware generated 78% of its electricity in-state a decade ago, but it will likely be down to 33% this year.  By 2023 it may be close to zero!  That means lost jobs, lost state and local tax revenues, higher electric rates, and possibly lower power reliability for Delaware. The demand for electricity hasn’t changed, so what is happening?   A hidden tax is driving the change.   ...[read more]

Hybrid vehicles a better option than full battery powered vehicles

Hybrid vehicles a better option than full battery powered vehicles By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy and Environmental Policy December 14, 2021     Let's assume you want to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with your choice of the vehicle you drive.  Below is a comparison of hybrid vehicles compared to full battery powered electric vehicles, or EVs for short.  The EVs offer essentially no emission savings while the hybrid vehicles do, along with significant cost savings on gasoline.   A common refrain is we must switch to EVs to minimize emissions.  Federal legislation aims to spend billions on public EV ch...[read more]

Why Offshore Wind Faces Lawsuits

Why Offshore Wind Faces Lawsuits By David T. Stevenson September 14, 2021 (originally released on 9/13/2021)     Nantucket residents have filed a landmark lawsuit over federal approval of Vineyard Wind, the first industrial-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. Federal law protects existing ocean uses: commercial fishing, vessel traffic, the viewshed, and endangered species from new energy projects. Since federal approvals of all offshore wind projects will likely use the same flawed process, a court win for this lawsuit may stop all the projects.   Those Nantucket ...[read more]

The Blockchain and Digital Assets- Critical to Delaware

The Blockchain and Digital Assets- Critical to Delaware   by Charlie Copeland Co-Director Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending May 19, 2021     DELAWARE IS SITTING ON A POT OF GOLD!   In Q1 2021, according to the Wall Street Journal, $2 billion of "digital asset" transactions happened on the Ethereum network, up from only $94 million the previous quarter.   These "digital asset" transactions were smart contracts - the sale and use of tokenized information using "blockchain technology." It is disruptive. It is growing very fast. It chan...[read more]

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