Energy & Environment

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Could your children’s morning commute result in lower test scores?

BY: - May 16, 2022

Each day, parents send their little ones off to school to discover their places in the world – many of them by bus. But, the familiar yellow buses that we trust to safely transport our children could be affecting their performance in school. This is why an investment in EV infrastructure including school buses is […]

U.S. House vote to expand federal firefighters benefits seen as step toward parity

BY: - May 15, 2022

WASHINGTON – Years after firefighters extinguish a blaze, after the smoke has lifted and ashes have cooled, the people who risked their lives to contain the fire face another danger: cancer and cardiovascular disease resulting from exposure to smoke and heat. Government and academic studies have shown firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer and 14% […]

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Will the Okefenokee Swamp be Governor Kemp’s conservation win or Georgia’s loss?

BY: and - May 10, 2022

Of the Seven Natural Wonders in Georgia, only one has become globally transcendent, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world: the Okefenokee Swamp. By providing sanctuary to wildlife, recreation for people and millions of dollars for local communities, the Okefenokee has provided Georgia with immeasurable value, while anchoring the state’s outdoor tourism economy. […]

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‘Ain’t no right way to do wrong thing’

BY: - May 9, 2022

Entitlement: “The condition of having a right to have, do, or get something.” –The Britannica Dictionary.             If you are wondering why Georgia Power is so determined to have its way with toxic coal-ash disposal, reread the definition of “entitlement.” In a dozen words, that’s why. The state-regulated-utility monopoly doesn’t like the federal Environmental Protection […]

Juliette residents tap into new county water line, but coal ash concerns remain

BY: - May 9, 2022

Andrea Goolsby speaks wistfully about the taste of water fresh from the well at her childhood home in Juliette. “There’s just something about getting well water from a water hose on a hot summer day,” Goolsby said in an interview. But the days of cooling off with well water are just a bittersweet memory now […]

Georgia ‘refilleries’ are having a resurgence, helping customers cut back on plastic

BY: - May 5, 2022

This coverage is made possible through a partnership with WABE and Grist, a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. Outside a Savannah apartment building last Thursday, next to a food truck serving up po’boys sat a small box truck emblazoned with green leaves. Inside are wooden shelves of […]

EPA issues waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices. In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will allow gas stations to sell […]

Democratic leaders in Congress want more power for regulators over high gasoline prices

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Democratic leaders in Congress critical of soaring gasoline prices say they will push legislation to allow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to go after oil companies that engage in price gouging in times of crisis. “Big oil has profited in this (and) has exploited the market,” House Speaker Nancy […]

Columbus water utility loses court bid to exceed state pollution limits

BY: - April 28, 2022

A superior court judge has rejected a middle Georgia public utility’s latest legal challenge in a years-long fight against stricter pollution limits, but she did so reluctantly. The Columbus Water Works is objecting to new pollution limits on the amount of fecal coliform bacteria it can release from the city’s sewer system into the Chattahoochee […]

U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

BY: - April 27, 2022

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is expected to ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department’s tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The administration’s budget request for fiscal 2023 would significantly increase spending for the Interior Department. Its agencies oversee onshore oil and […]

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

BY: - April 21, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open 144,000 acres of federal land up for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

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Georgians must keep ‘buttin’ that dam’

BY: - April 14, 2022

“Once there was a silly old ram Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam No one could make that ram scram He kept buttin’ that dam …” A host of folks have sung “High Hopes.” My favorite rendition is Frank Sinatra’s when he is accompanied by kids. I can hear him now, “Next time […]