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Wilmington Learning Collaborative: Sounds like a New Charter School

Wilmington Learning Collaborative:  Sounds like a New Charter School By Dr. Tanya Hettler, Ph.D., Director  Center for Educational Excellence August 19, 2022      The Wilmington Learning Collaborative (WLC) is Delaware's latest solution to the problem of poor education and test scores in the city of Wilmington. In reading the WLC's most recent Draft Agreement, it becomes apparent that the goals and methods of the WLC are remarkably similar to those that were initially espoused when the state allowed for the creation of charter schools in Chapter 5 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code in 2020.   The WLC Draft Agreement state ...
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Offshore Wind Approvals: Pushing the Scope of Federal Agency Discretion

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is wrongly using this Executive Order as the basis to approve offshore wind projects while ignoring major negative environmental impacts.   By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy        NEWARK, DE (August 23, 2022) -- President Biden established by Executive Order a goal to build 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce global temperature increases.  However, his climate czar, John Kerry, admitted in a White House Press Briefing that zero U.S. carbon dioxide emissions would have no impact on climate change. U.S. Se...
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US Current Household Energy vs. DNREC's Climate Action Plan

US Current Household Energy vs. DNREC's Climate Action Plan By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy July 29, 2022     Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC) Climate Action Plan aims to electrify every building in the state banning natural gas, propane, and oil.   In addition, DNREC's plan also wants all electricity supplied by unreliable wind and solar power, including offshore wind, that by itself could add $400 to $550 a year to electric bills. Lastly, the plan wants everyone to buy an electric vehicle; currently,&...[read more]

Budget Growth Exposes Delaware's Real Priorities

Budget Growth Exposes Delaware's Real Priorities By Charlie Copeland, Director  Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending July 22, 2022     Over the last twenty years, the Consumer Price Index has risen *62.3%. In addition, Delaware's population has grown **26.3%, from 783,600 people to 989,948. These two growth rates added together suggest an appropriate target for state spending growth over this period.   In short, any spending increases above 88.6% (baseline- see graphs) represent a real increase in spending. Any spending below 88.6% represents a real ...[read more]

Delaware's Mix of Businesses has Changed - Regulations Need to Change

Delaware's Mix of Businesses has Changed - Regulations Need to Change By Charlie Copeland, Director  Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending July 8, 2022     In the late 1990s, Delaware's economy was known for the "four C's" - Chemicals, Chickens, Cars, and Credit Cards, and big business thrived. By 2000, Delaware had 113 business entities across the state that each employed more than 500 people, mainly in those four industries, but then Delaware changed. The following decade wreaked havoc on three of the C's - Chemicals...[read more]

No Emission Reduction Gained from Increasing Wind & Solar

No Emission Reduction Gained from Increasing Wind & Solar By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy June 20, 2022     I continued my ongoing analysis of electric generation in the PJM regional grid where Delaware is a participant. I wanted to share the results of how much wind and solar power was generated in the region from 2019 to 2021.   From 2019 to 2021, wind and solar power generation increased by 30% but had no impact on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). PJM is the largest regional grid in the country, serving 65 million people in th...[read more]

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