Energy & Environment

GOP U.S. House passes bill opening more public land to development if reserve oil is tapped

BY: - January 27, 2023

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill Friday to force the White House to make more federal land and waters available for oil and gas development if the president orders the withdrawal of more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The bill, passed 221-205, mostly along party lines, would strip the president’s power to remove oil from […]

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Okefenokee tug-o-war is long way from over

BY: - January 25, 2023

The opposing sides are not barefoot on Jekyll Island’s beach, but there’s a definite line drawn in the sand. Feet are dug in, and muscles are straining. On one side is an Alabama mining company and its fleet of high-powered lobbyists. Pulling the other way are millions of nature-loving Georgians who want to thwart Twin […]

Georgia GOP lawmaker pushes bill to protect ‘vital and precious’ Okefenokee from new mining proposals

BY: - January 25, 2023

While an Alabama-based company’s controversial mining proposal moves through the permitting process, a south Georgia Republican lawmaker is again attempting to head off any future attempt to mine an important site near the Okefenokee Swamp. Rep. Darlene Taylor, a Thomasville Republican, has revived the legislative effort just days after the state Environmental Protection Division started […]

Times runs short for public to weigh in on state mining permit for edge of the Okefenokee Swamp

BY: - January 19, 2023

The clock is ticking down for the public to voice its opinion on a proposed heavy metals strip mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division opened up a 60-day public comment period Thursday after releasing the draft mining land use permit that would allow Alabama’s Twin Pines Minerals to dig for […]

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: report compares utility performance

BY: - January 19, 2023

A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend to pay more than those with larger amounts of carbon-free generation, among other findings.  The report by the Illinois-based Citizens […]

U.S. House passes legislation barring sales of strategic reserve oil to China

BY: - January 12, 2023

U.S. House Republicans wrapped up their first week in the majority Thursday by passing with bipartisan support a bill to prohibit the Energy Department from selling the nation’s stockpile of crude oil to China or affiliated entities. The bill, written by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Washington, would prevent releases […]

Georgia’s U.S. senators, governor trumpet major expansion by solar panel maker QCells

BY: - January 11, 2023

Solar panel manufacturer Qcells plans to expand its Dalton plant – again – and build a new facility in Cartersville, which state leaders say is a $2.5 billion investment that will bring new 2,500 jobs to Georgia. It’s also the latest in a string of high-profile green energy projects planned for the state. The South […]

U.S. Supreme Court decision in waterways case could come too late for Okefenokee mine foes

BY: - January 8, 2023

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court case could have significant ripple effects on the government’s ability to protect the nation’s waterways. The court is expected to decide the battle over property rights and environmental regulations in the coming months in a longstanding lawsuit involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fining an Idaho couple for not getting […]

Rare snail slowly crawls back from near extinction along northwest Georgia river

BY: - December 27, 2022

In a stretch of north Georgia river lives a snail that has come back from the dead. The interrupted rocksnail, a slimy little orange guy, was once thought to be extinct, but in 1997, the United States Geological Survey found a single snail. They called Paul Johnson, program supervisor at the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, […]

Georgia officials gear up for state rollout of plug-in network to deliver juice to electric vehicles

BY: - December 23, 2022

Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake for the state’s future embrace of electric vehicles going into the new legislative session in January as Georgia pursues ways to boost the economy through a growing green industry. The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved a plan for Georgia Power to spend a total of […]

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Florida is scoring BIG in electric transportation wins, will Georgia play smart to catch up?

BY: - December 22, 2022

In recent months, Georgia has made major strides to position itself as the Silicon Valley of electric transportation and lead the region in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing investment and jobs. Still, our state appears to be hedging its bets on an electric transportation future and needs to do more to put its money where Georgia’s […]

Environmental enforcement has fallen off under Biden, report says

BY: - December 22, 2022

Federal environmental enforcement, as measured by Environmental Protection Agency civil cases closed against polluters, hit a two-decade low in 2022, per a report released last week by a national environmental group that blames budget cuts, staff shortages and the U.S. Senate’s failure to confirm key leaders. The Environmental Integrity Project said the 72 civil enforcement […]