Energy & Environment

Saga of proposed mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge still mired in legal challenges, regulatory reviews

BY: - November 21, 2022

Conservationists are waging another legal challenge against a company’s strip-mining plans near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia.  The Southern Environmental Law Center is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for removing federal wetlands protections on 600 acres where Twin Pines Minerals is awaiting permission from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to begin […]

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - November 20, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country.  In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]

Georgia Power pushed to expand solar program as state regulators consider 12% rate hike request

BY: - November 10, 2022

Another round of hearings in Georgia Power’s rate case concluded Thursday with the final day dominated by a debate over whether the utility should expand its popular rooftop solar program. Georgia Power is pushing for a 12% increase in electricity rates over the next three years, along with other requests over the next year that […]

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 7, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric […]

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

BY: - November 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans who may soon be taking control of Congress in the midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals—but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive legislation in […]

Okefenokee fans rally support again as mining plan nears final Georgia EPD review

BY: - November 3, 2022

A major hurdle could soon be cleared for Twin Pines Minerals’ controversial plan to mine near Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge three years after it was announced. Members of a coalition of park supporters say they are rallying the public against plans that they claim would threaten hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands. The Alabama-based […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

BY: - November 3, 2022

In the wake of major coal ash spills from power plant containment ponds in Tennessee and into the Dan River along the North Carolina and Virginia border, the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 laid out the first federal rules for managing the ash, one of the nation’s largest waste streams, and the toxins it […]

Even as drought forces water cutbacks, climate gets short shrift in midterm election

BY: - October 28, 2022

LAKE MEAD, Nev. —The streaks of white on the rock ringing the nation’s largest reservoir show how far its water levels have dropped since it was last full. Lake Mead and nearby Lake Powell, which send water to 40 million people in the Southwest, are at their lowest levels since they were filled in the […]

COMMENTARY

Candidates ignore the environment

BY: - October 27, 2022

If you wish the Nov. 8 election was over, raise your hand. Careful. Don’t throw your shoulder out of joint raising your hand. The only ones not eager to see the bickering and backbiting in the rearview mirror are the TV stations that are profiting from the gold rush of mudslinging advertising. By now we […]

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 21, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]

In attempt to curb gas prices, Biden will release oil from emergency reserve

BY: - October 18, 2022

President Joe Biden will authorize the release of 15 million barrels of oil from the nation’s reserves on Wednesday, part of an effort to lower gas prices as polling shows concerns over inflation are likely to hurt Democrats in congressional elections next month. The release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a four-site complex of deep […]

Georgia Supreme Court hears coastal spaceport case with local public ballot initiatives at stake

BY: - October 7, 2022

On Thursday, Camden County argued in front of the Georgia Supreme Court that a local probate judge shouldn’t have ordered a referendum election allowing residents to nix plans for a coastal spaceport. For most of the hour-long hearing, justices questioned attorneys for the probate court judge, county, and the citizens behind the initial lawsuit opposing […]