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Offshore wind too ugly for the Hamptons but OK for other beach resorts?

Offshore wind too ugly for the Hamptons but OK for other beach resorts?     By David T. Stevenson Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy May 4, 2021 (Photo source:  Vanity Fair and CRI's creative)     Officials in New York and the Federal Government determined that the proposed offshore wind turbine lease area off the Hamptons is too close and ruins the serene ocean viewshed. They also noted it is a threat to navigation, fishing, and endangered marine mammals.      The Fairway lease areas sit as close as 12 miles off the Long Island coast near the Hamptons.   In official comments to ...
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A look into "Delaware's Economic Recovery": strongly suggests it's time for a tax cut

A look into "Delaware's Economic Recovery": strongly suggests it's time for a tax cut   by Dr. John Stapleford Co-Director, Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending April 29, 2021     On April 13th, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank president, Patrick Harker, spoke to members of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. According to Harker, the real Delaware economic recovery is underway, but it is "a work in progress."   Total Delaware employment is almost 25,000 jobs below the pre-COVID-19 level. The unemployment rate has fallen (currently at 6.3% vs...[read more]

Claims of an Electric Vehicle Charging Shortage are a Myth

Claims of an Electric Vehicle Charging Shortage are a Myth   by David T. Stevenson Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy April 23, 2021   President Biden wants to build 500,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2030 using government subsidies to fill an imaginary shortage. We urge the federal government to allow markets to work and to stay out of subsidizing EV chargers. We don't need to add to the federal deficit chasing a myth.   Empty EV charging stations are a common occurrence. National reports show utilization rates of just 2% for fast chargers commonly used at public charging stations,...[read more]

House Bill 91 - Expanded Powers for AG is "Offensive to Public Policy"

House Bill 91 - Expanded Powers for AG is "Offensive to Public Policy" By Charlie Copeland, Co-Director Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending March 2, 2021     (House Bill 91 would add the words “unfair practice,” loosely defined as “offensive to public policy,” to the state’s existing Consumer Fraud Act. This unnecessary change greatly expands the Attorney General's power and opens the door to open-ended damaging litigation to Delaware businesses.)     The Attorney General (AG) of...[read more]

Delaware Beware: Likely Causes of Texas Electric Grid Blackouts

Delaware Beware:  Likely Causes of Texas Electric Grid Blackouts   By David T. Stevenson Center for Energy & Environmental Policy February 17, 2021 (photo source: Washington Post Video)     Besides Texas, blackouts occurred last year in California, Europe, and Japan, all with wind and solar power making up about 25% of their electric grids.    Delaware just increased its wind and solar mandate from 25% to 40%, and discussions are being held to go to 50%. Beware following this path.   A full explanation of the Texas blackouts will likely await an investigation by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas&...[read more]

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