Despite Donald Trump’s beliefs that the global climate crisis is a hoax, the fact remains that human actions are responsible for climate change, and climate change is happening. This remains an urgent problem, with global ramifications for our food supply, where we can live, as well as the health of both people and the environment that… [Read More]
In a move that can only be described as “devastating,” Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next director of the EPA. Just as someone who knows nothing about what it takes to run a public school is now in charge of our nation’s education system, someone who has been described as a “puppet of… [Read More]
President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of agriculture, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, doesn’t have a good track record with forest conservation to say the least. As governor of Georgia, he killed the green space program, designed with conservation in mind, and replaced it with one that allowed continued harvesting of trees on rural lands… [Read More]
There are Georgia Public Service Commissioners, and all five of them are Republican — Chuck Eaton, Tim Echols, Stan Wise, Doug Everett and Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr. As we discussed a few weeks ago, these commissioners approved $2 billion in cost overruns for Georgia Power to expand Plant Vogtle, a nuclear power plant, and agreed to… [Read More]
Coal-fired power plants produce an dangerous waste product: coal ash. Two Georgia legislators are poised to introduce bills to limit how this waste product — often full of heavy metals and other contaminants — can be disposed of. Coal ash is ugly stuff. Right now, Duke Energy is trying to settle a lawsuit with residents… [Read More]
Governor Nathan Deal’s new, hand-picked Director of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Richard Dunn, is short on one, important thing: environmental experience. In a state struggling to regulate toxic coal ash, protect groundwater supplies, monitor radioactive materials, and preserve the health of the Chattahoochee River, an inexperienced EPD director can only spell more trouble. While… [Read More]
The stories of towns with contaminated water supplies are always disturbing: strange rashes, stunted growth, unexplained illnesses and long term health impacts. Flint, Mich. grabbed national attention for lead-contaminated drinking water and the cover-up by public officials. In our own backyard, residents of Shell Bluff, Ga. have been fighting for decades against radioactive contaminants —… [Read More]
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) tells WABE reporter Denis O’Hayer that public transit is a critical part of Georgia’s future. She also notes that when businesses like Mercedes choose to locate near MARTA stations, they aren’t doing it for partisan reasons.