Energy & Environment

Atlanta ‘Climate strike’ rally draws hundreds of demonstrators to Capitol

BY: - September 20, 2019

Several hundred protesters, many of them students, skipped school and work Friday afternoon to rally against climate change outside the Georgia State Capitol. The rally coincided with the Global Climate Strike movement that saw thousands of youth-led events across the country, including about a dozen across Georgia. More climate rallies are scheduled through next Friday. […]

Georgia students plan to attend statewide ‘Climate strike’ rallies today

BY: and - September 20, 2019

Nicole Pontzer’s anxiety over climate change is old news in her circle of friends in Athens and now hundreds of strangers are about to get an earful as well. She’ll be the one bringing the new 50-watt bullhorn to the Athens Climate Strike rally at the University of Georgia’s north lawn behind the school’s iconic […]

Comments on proposed mine at edge of Okefenokee swamp regulators

BY: - September 16, 2019

A large coalition of environmental organizations is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop a company from mining near the Okefenokee Swamp, joining more than 20,000 people who chimed in by Thursday’s deadline to comment.  Just prior to last week’s deadline for public comments, 16 conservation groups sent the Corps a 73-page letter […]

COMMENTARY

Require coal ash plan transparency in Georgia Power’s rate hike request

BY: - September 16, 2019

Georgia Power wants customers who pay the company for electricity to also pay to clean up its $525 million environmental mess. And that’s about all the company wants to tell Georgians about it. Georgia Power wants its 2.5 million ratepayers to cough up that half a billion over the next three years to seal about […]

Georgians split on party lines as U.S. House votes to ban offshore drilling

BY: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast — despite pushback from many Republicans. The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a […]

Time running out for public to weigh in on Okefenokee area mining plan

BY: - September 11, 2019

A proposed mining operation near the Okefenokee Swamp is sparking a great deal of interest with thousands of organizations and people sounding off on the plan ahead of tomorrow’s public comment deadline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logged more than 12,000 public comments on the Twin Pines Minerals’ application to conduct deep-surface mining along […]

More transparency called for in Georgia Power coal ash cleanup

BY: - September 6, 2019

Georgia Power’s request for customer rate increases starting next year includes $525 million through 2022 to clean up potentially toxic coal ash ponds, a remediation process environmentalists say needs more transparency. The state’s largest electricity provider is preparing to plead its case to state regulators for a three-year overall rate hike of $2.2 billion. That […]

Coastal Georgians getting acclimated to hurricane emergency declarations

BY: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon for 12 coastal Georgia counties as Hurricane Dorian loomed to the south in the Atlantic Ocean, the first time he’s issued such an executive order since he took office in January. Several hours later, Ken Jacobsen exuded calm before the forecast storm as he spoke […]

Georgia Power rate hike push to get public airing starting next month

BY: - August 26, 2019

Business interests and consumer watchdog organizations are keeping a wary eye on Georgia Power’s push to sharply increase its customers’ cost of electricity over the next three years. They can weigh in on the proposed three-year, $2.2 billion rate hike during this fall’s Georgia Public Service Commission hearings to consider the rate case that begins […]

South Ga. judge blocks Obama-era policy to curtail water pollution

BY: - August 23, 2019

A ruling from a federal judge in south Georgia will continue to thwart a proposal to pinpoint which waterways are subject to federal oversight, marking what may be the final round of the fight over President Barack Obama’s signature water initiative. The Obama administration’s proposal found rocky waters from the start in 2015, encountering immediate […]

Coal ash monitoring switch from feds to state could limit transparency

BY: - August 22, 2019

Jesup newspaper publisher Dink NeSmith has churned out 101 opinion columns and 103 editorial cartoons on the subject of coal ash in Georgia since January of 2016, when word first got out that a South Carolina subsidiary of the waste company Republic Services planned to haul up to 10,000 tons of the toxic substance daily […]

COMMENTARY

Shine more sunlight on plans to mine near treasured Okefenokee

BY: - August 20, 2019

It’s not surprising that the Charlton County Commission late last week passed a non-binding resolution to endorse a mining company’s plan to dig little more than a couple of miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. But state and federal officials with oversight responsibility for protecting Georgia’s unique and precious natural areas should be more […]