Energy & Environment

State rolls out plan to use federal cash for Georgia’s EV charging network

BY: - August 18, 2022

Georgia’s multiyear plan to spend $135 million in new federal funding to boost electric vehicle charging will focus on the state’s rural and underserved communities, where fast public charging can be hard to come by. But many details – such as where exactly the chargers will go and what private groups might partner with the […]

Georgia advocates, Democrats hail long-sought climate bill as pivotal

BY: - August 12, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to take up a bill Friday that many environmental groups and Democratic legislators say represents a historic investment in clean energy that will create jobs and make solar panels and electric vehicles more affordable for years to come. The Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill, dubbed the Inflation […]

EPA action boosts grassroots momentum to reduce toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - August 10, 2022

ROME, Ga. — The intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River now sit mostly dormant in this northwestern Georgia city. Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, rendering it potentially dangerous […]

COMMENTARY

Florida’s python hunt promotes politician, fails to eliminate invading reptiles

BY: - August 4, 2022

My kids frequently drag me to the theaters to see the latest superhero movie. As a result, I have discovered a fondness for what the comic book people call “origin stories.” You know, like how an illegal alien using a phony name became Superman. Or how Batman is just a rich orphan with anger issues […]

Kemp extends Georgia gas tax break into mid-September as pain at the pump eases

BY: - August 3, 2022

Georgians will continue to fill up their tanks without paying the state fuel tax for at least another month, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced Wednesday. Georgia first suspended its fuel tax in March after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent already-high prices skyrocketing, and he has re-upped the discount every month since.  With Kemp’s latest renewal, […]

Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

BY: and - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

The power of ‘No’: Trespass warnings on Georgia rivers roil the waters

BY: - July 25, 2022

This post was updated 5:15 p.m. August 16 to correct property owner information along the Flint River. The Chestatee River is there somewhere. It shows on the map winding through the hills just south of Dahlonega in north Georgia. “Chestatee” is on road signs along US 19. But the river is hard to see from […]

Union Carbide wants out of land deal for coastal spaceport

BY: - July 24, 2022

A rift between Camden County and the owner of the property planned for Spaceport Camden may spell disaster for the venture that’s about to take center stage before Georgia’s Supreme Court in a couple of weeks. A statement from Union Carbide Corp. claims that the company is no longer contractually bound to an option agreement […]

State regulators OK Georgia Power long-term plan to keep coal plants, cap solar growth

BY: - July 21, 2022

State regulators have signed off on a roadmap that bolsters Georgia Power’s shift away from fossil fuels, but critics argue it doesn’t go nearly far enough to attack a growing climate crisis. The Georgia Public Service Commission Thursday voted unanimously to approve the utility’s updated long-term plan that outlines how the company will spend billions […]

Biden lays out new funds for localities on climate, but no national emergency yet

BY: - July 20, 2022

With U.S. Senate negotiations over climate funding stalled, President Joe Biden on Wednesday directed additional spending to help states and cities manage climate disasters — resisting calls from many congressional Democrats to take more aggressive executive action like a declaration of a national climate emergency. Biden also announced steps executive agencies are taking to expand […]

COMMENTARY

How to Clean Up Georgia Power’s Dirty Energy Plan

BY: , and - July 19, 2022

On July 21st, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote on a new energy plan, outlining how Georgia Power will generate our electricity over the next 20 years. The plan will have huge implications on some of our most pressing issues relating to public health, the economy, and the environment.  Unfortunately, the current proposal […]

Georgia Power’s new bid to pass coal ash tab to customers gets tailwind with court decisions

BY: - July 19, 2022

A fight is set for the coming months as state regulators weigh how much Georgia Power’s customers will pay for electricity and to close coal ash ponds against how much the company and its shareholders will shoulder. The state Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on Georgia Power’s 20-year plan for the company’s […]