People from all over the country gathered in downtown Atlanta to give public comments at hearings that could have a huge impact on the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan. The Environmental Protection Agency released the plan last month, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Under the plan, the EPA will set individual state-by-state carbon emissions goals. Opponents of the plan say it will hurt the economy and punishes energy industry workers.
One of the tradeoffs of living near the ocean is vulnerability to risks like hurricanes and floods. Even more vulnerable? Low-income people, the elderly, and those with health problems or disabilities. Scientists at the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are pulling together data from a variety of sources - mostly the federal government - to better understand those vulnerabilities.
New Environmental Protection Agency rules for carbon emission reductions for the nations’ power plants met alternately with official resistance or silence in Georgia Monday. The rules call for a 30% percent reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2030. Rather than being set from a universal baseline for all states, EPA officials say they came up with state by state goals by looking at present state emission levels and imagining what they call a “reasonable application” of technology could produce.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says a team of researchers visited remote mountain bogs in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County last month to gain historical clues about the climate.
Tybee Island city council members are looking at ways to keep the coastal city dry as sea levels rise. The city this week held a three-day workshop about its options. Residents who attended were asked to prioritize their concerns about rising sea levels. Federal guages have documented a rise of about 10 inches at Fort Pulaski since 1935.
The President visited Savannah in March to promote a relatively minor part of a massive energy bill. The U.S. Senate has all but killed any possibility of a major energy bill this year. But the Savannah-stumped HomeStar program survives.