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Holding the line for clean air

The coal lobby is trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Plant Scherer #1 Largest Carbon Polluter in the Country

Macon, GA –Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center released a report today on the banks of the Ocmulgee River in Macon GA. The Riverwalk that runs along the Ocmulgee flooded earlier in the year following extreme rain events. The combination of heavy rains and extreme drought is a pattern that has been felt all over the state and is in line with what scientists predict will become more common due to climate change.  Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center’s report ranks Georgia 8th in the country for most carbon pollution from its power plants, and ranks Plant Scherer as the number one largest single source of climate change pollution in the country.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect Georgia’s Waterways

Atlanta, GA– Today the Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report today, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, which reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

New Report: Georgia Currently 23 in the Nation for Solar Power

ATLANTA – Today, Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. Georgia, however, missed the cut and ranks 23rd in the nation for per capita solar installations. But, Georgia should not be written off yet, in the past year the Georgia Public Service Commission has voted to expand Georgia’s solar market by over 700 MW.

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Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States. The price of solar energy is falling rapidly, and each year tens of thousands of additional Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Georgians Speak Out Against Fracking in the Chattahoochee National Forest

Gainesville, GA –Environment Georgia will deliver over 1,300 signatures opposed to fracking in the Chattahoochee National Forest today to Supervisor Betty Mathews, the new Forest Supervisor of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The group started gathering signatures after newspapers reported test wells were being drilled near Dalton, GA, close to the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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