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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.

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Fossil fuel interests and utilities backing attacks on solar energy in Georgia, report says

Atlanta, GA – A national network of utility interest groups and fossil-fuel industry-funded think tanks is providing funding, model legislation, and political cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, and would-be solar power owners are paying the price, says a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center.

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Report | Environment Georgia Research and Policy Center

Blocking the Sun

American solar power has increased four-fold since 2010, but state by state, utilities and powerful fossil fuel industry front groups have begun chipping away at key policies that helped spur this solar boom.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Report: Georgia can lead the way on solar, grew 37% last year

Athens, GA – Per capita solar power capacity grew 37 percent in Georgia last year, according to a new report by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. Solar capacity per capita in Georgia has grown 533 percent since 2012, the second highest growth rate since 2012 in the country.

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Report | Environment Georgia

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Georgia Designates First ‘Outstanding’ River

Atlanta, GA—Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources passed a rule change Wed. morning that designates the headwaters of the Conasauga River as Georgia’s first ‘Outstanding National Resource Water’ (ONRW). The designation is the highest level of protection, identified in the Clean Water Act. Georgia is the only state in the Southeast, except for Mississippi, that had not designated an ONRW. Environment Georgia first petitioned the state for an ONRW in 2007.

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