Energy & Environment

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 6, 2021

Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee are encouraging President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers. In a hearing last week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called for fiscal updates to the […]

Georgia environmental regulators propose $3 million fine for Golden Ray pollution

BY: - November 29, 2021

This story was updated at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 with details about the fine from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The state’s Environmental Protection Division is proposing a $3 million fine against a South Korean logistics company for polluting the sea and salt marshes on the Georgia coast after the Golden Ray car carrier capsized […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources. In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of four […]

Biden appoints Blackman to regional EPA post after he fell short in PSC bid

BY: - November 18, 2021

Daniel Blackman, who came up short in his bid to be the lone Democrat on the state Public Service Commission, has been appointed by President Joe Biden to oversee the southern region for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The White House announced the appointment Thursday afternoon. “Daniel brings deep experience in the region that will […]

Climate change: Women and families in poor countries most feel the brunt

BY: - November 14, 2021

The two-week climate conference in Glasgow that concluded Friday shone a spotlight on the harm climate change inflicts on women and families in the world’s most vulnerable countries. Women, who often hold lead roles in providing food and health care for their families, are on the front lines, according to advocates who participated in panel […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: Time will not heal toxic-coal-ash sore

BY: - November 14, 2021

Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Listen. Do you hear it? Could be clinking cocktail glasses. Could be snickering. Could be both. High up—above everyday Georgians, in Georgia Power and the Southern Company’s ivory towers—I imagine multimillion-dollar executives are celebrating the squeeze they have on our state’s decision-makers. As Sherlock Holmes would say, “They don’t call it Georgia Power for […]

Local Georgia officials eye clean energy climate solutions in Build Back Better Act

BY: - November 10, 2021

Brookhaven and Doraville mayors joined conservationists Wednesday to call on Congress to support milestone legislation they say will reduce pollution, create high-paying jobs, and address systemic environmental injustice.   As early as next week, the House of Representatives could take up a vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act that provides a […]

Obama at world climate conference: We are falling short

BY: - November 8, 2021

Returning to the world stage on climate change, former President Barack Obama Monday told world leaders and young people gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, that time is running out to prevent life-threatening degradation of the planet’s climate, and he called on the world’s young people to demand better. “Collectively and individually, we are still falling short. […]

Biden outlines major methane reduction strategy at UN climate conference

BY: - November 2, 2021

President Joe Biden announced a comprehensive methane reduction plan Tuesday as part of his participation in the United Nations climate summit. As part of Biden’s plan to curb methane gas emissions, a new Environmental Protection Agency rule will expand and strengthen measures to regulate leak detection and repairs for the oil and gas industry. The […]

Feds again delay decision on Camden rocket plans for further review

BY: - November 1, 2021

The federal agency responsible for licensing Spaceport Camden again wants more time to evaluate plans to launch rockets from Georgia’s coast.  For a third time, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it will delay its decision whether to grant a permit for the proposed Camden County project because of ongoing consultations, pushing it back from […]

Biden calls for action on climate, apologizes for Trump Paris Accord exit

BY: - November 1, 2021

President Joe Biden urged the international community on Monday to transition to clean energy, curb greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, and help developing nations adapt to a changing climate. Speaking at a pivotal United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden said worsening wildfires and once-in-a-century storms hitting every few years show that there’s only “a brief […]

Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit

BY: - November 1, 2021

Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]