Category: Environment

You’re Breathing Better Air

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia’s air quality has improved significantly over the past decade, largely due to shuttered coal-fired plants and lower emissions in newer automobiles and construction equipment. Emissions of ozone-forming sulfur dioxide (SO2) declined from more than 700,000 tons a year in 2005 to less than 100,000 tons in 2015, according to

AG Carr Urges Withdrawl of EPA’s Waters Of The US Rule

From a press release: ATLANTA, GA –Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a bipartisan group of twenty-five state attorneys general urging President-elect Donald Trump to rescind the “Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States” (WOTUS Rule)—which was promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Olens Announces Money for Georgia & Georgians In VW Settlement

Attorney General Sam Olens sends word that Georgians who bought diesel powered Volkswagens will be receiving cash and either repairs of their cars or buybacks, while the state itself will receive about $77 Million. In a settlement announced this morning, each person who bought a car from that didn’t meet emissions standards will receive at

Georgia Power and Public Service Commission Agree to a Renewable Energy Plan

The political winds are shifting in Georgia and hopefully those winds will soon start generating electricity. On Thursday Georgia Power formalized an agreement with the Public Service Commission to add 1,200 megawatts of renewable power to its energy plan for the state. For those of us who don’t know science, that is enough energy to

Senators Ask Justice Department to Stop Investigating Those Opposing Climate Change

Republicans were upset to learn that the Internal Revenue Service was allegedly delaying the approval of tax exempt status for conservative organizations filed before the 2012 elections, leading to calls for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Last week, several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Georgia’s David Perdue, sent a letter to

GA Congressmen Join Effort to Defund Enforcement of EPA’s WOTUS Rule

Six Georgia congressmen joined over 100 of their colleagues in requesting language in upcoming federal appropriations bills that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing the controversial Waters of the United States rule passed last year. The rule greatly expands the scope of what is considered navigable waters to