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Proposed plastics-to-fuel plant in Macon-Bibb is part of the problem, not the solution, to plastic pollution

Macon, GA – The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority held a public hearing late in November concerning the issuance of $500 million in Exempt Facility Revenue Bonds to the company Brightmark Plastics Renewal Georgia, LLC. If approved by the Authority, the funds would be used to finance the largest plastics-to-fuel facility in the world. 

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New report: Georgia among national leaders in solar power growth and electric vehicle adoption

Atlanta, GA - Georgia ranks #7 in the nation for growth in solar power generation since 2011, cumulative electric vehicle sales through 2020, and public electric vehicle charging ports, according to a new report released today by Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and heat pumps. 

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Renewables on the Rise

In 2020, America produced almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2011, with wind and solar producing 11% of our nation’s electricity in 2020, up from 3% in 2011. Between 2011 and 2020, U.S. wind, solar and geothermal generation grew at an annual rate of 15%. If those forms of renewable generation were to continue to grow by 15% per year, wind, solar and geothermal would produce enough electricity to meet all of our current electricity needs by 2035.

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GA-7 voters support climate action in Build Back Better plan

Voters in Georgia’s 7th congressional district support a bold reconciliation package that includes action and investments to address climate change and help the environment. This is according to a new survey of 437 voters in GA-7 conducted by Change Research on behalf of Environment America, Environent Georgia and the Climate Action Campaign. 

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POLL: Majority of voters in Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux’s district support ‘Build Back Better’ plan, especially climate, clean energy provisions

(Atlanta, GA) — Up to $3.5 trillion in investments proposed in the Build Back Better Act now before Congress are getting strong support from voters in the suburban Atlanta congressional district of Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, according to a new survey. The poll reveals even stronger majorities for the Build Back Better Act’s climate and clean energy provisions.

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House bill aims to expand public transit service nationwide

ATLANTA -- In an effort to improve public transit service for riders across the country, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia introduced a bill Tuesday that would put billions of federal dollars toward local transit operations. This bill, titled “Stronger Communities Through Better Transit Act,” creates a new grant program designed to increase the frequency and hours of public transit service nationwide.

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Poll: Atlanta suburban voters represented by Reps. McBath, Bourdeaux rate climate provisions of infrastructure plan highly

ATLANTA — A new poll released Thursday revealed strong bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal across the political spectrum in Georgia’s 6th and 7th Congressional Districts. The districts, represented by Rep. Lucy McBath and Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, includes much of the suburbs north of Atlanta. This survey, providing district-specific data on how voters view the American Jobs Plan (AJP), is sponsored by Environment Georgia, Earthjustice and Environment America.

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Statement: Biden expresses transformative vision in ‘Build Back Better’ infrastructure plan

ATLANTA-- President Joe Biden will unveil his “Build Back Better” infrastructure package on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the same Pennsylvania city where he first announced his presidential campaign in 2019. Based on the fact sheet released by the White House on Wednesday morning, his plan focuses infrastructure investments on key measures to improve public health and the environment, including expanding electric transportation, removing lead from drinking water and strengthening our electric grid.

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Sweeping gas industry bill could limit Georgia’s climate response for years to come

Atlanta--HB 150 passed the Georgia State Senate 34 to 15.  If signed into law the legislation will compel Georgia’s cities and government agencies to allow gas infrastructure and connections, even in the face of climate change. HB 150 is remarkably similar to over a dozen bills introduced in other states around the country and is part of a national push from the gas industry to ensure  continued use of methane gas.