(Pictured: David T. Stevenson, CRI Policy Director)
Center For Energy & Environmental Policy
Delaware government policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by mandating the use of premium cost, unreliable wind and solar power, combined with emission taxes on electric generation, have very clearly led to non-competitive electric prices. High electric prices also hurt the poor and the economy through high monthly electric bills and the loss of tens of thousands of high-paying blue-collar jobs.
While CRI has stopped the expansion of these job-killing policies until now, pressure is growing to expand mandates that may lead to electricity outages and the addition of an emission tax on gasoline of up to 46 cents per gallon. In the next two years, the resources of this Center will be directed to continue our success in fighting such policies that have done virtually nothing to reduce emissions. Several of those initiatives include:
Establishing CRI as a leading source for sound energy and environmental policy information in Delaware and nationally, capitalizing on the Center’s reputation for credibility and effectiveness.
Moving Delaware government at all levels to adopt sound energy and environmental policies that balance environmental concerns with cost and reliability, thus boosting conservation and the economy.
Recruiting, training, and supporting State Policy Network affiliates, federal agencies, and Congress about state and national energy and environmental issues, therefore leveraging CRI’s policy initiatives currently impacting Delaware.
Success on energy policy in Delaware is closely tied to similar success nationally and in other states. Center Director David Stevenson has become a nationally recognized expert on energy and environmental policy. He had served on President Trump’s EPA transition team, testified before Congress, influenced policy decisions through unique research, made speeches to national audiences, filled numerous requests for state think tank policy training, and testified before state legislatures around the country.
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