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.
Mark Goolsby’s family has called Juliette, GA home for almost 200 years. He doesn’t live in the white two story family home on Luther Smith Road, and probably never will, but his 80 year old mother still does. “My mother doesn’t want to leave this place. She’s been here 62 years after she married my dad. She doesn’t want to relocate,” Goolsby said. It’s what’s nearby that gets Goolsby talking relocation. The ash pond for Georgia Power’s coal fired Plant Scherer is just through the treeline across the road. Mark Goolsby believes the plant is what has made his mother sick for years and is what caused the liver cancer that killed his father.
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.
Nuclear power opponents are alleging Solyndra-style problems in the $8 billion federal loan guarantee for Georgia's Vogtle nuclear reactor project. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says high-level political appointees have interfered with key decisions in the delayed and over-budget nuclear plant. The alliance says the project received favorable loan terms that are out-of-sync with the present market.