Obamas carbon-reduction rule loved and loathed in Georgia | savannahnow.com


Obamas carbon-reduction rule loved and loathed in Georgia | savannahnow.com

Georgia Power sees the rule as overstepping EPA’s authority.

“EPA’s proposed emission guidelines appear to be based on reduction measures that extend well beyond Clean Air Act requirements and infringe upon states’ authority to determine the best approach for their own generating sources,” said spokesman John Kraft.

The company plans to submit detailed comments to EPA after it reviews the rule, Kraft said.

Around the nation and the Peach State, environmental groups applauded the proposed rule.

“This announcement is exactly what we’ve been waiting for,” said Jennette Gayer, director of Environment Georgia. “This is America’s chance to lead and our best chance to give our children a legacy we can be proud of.”

Calling Georgia “ground zero for carbon pollution that causes climate disruption,” Seth Gunning of the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club said the rule will be good not only for the climate, but for the economy as well.

“Generally it’s going to spur Georgia to move into the 21st century energy economy,” he said. “It will keep the air clean for our kids and the climate stable, and it will fuel the economy for decades to come.”

The Georgia Public Service Commission, the elected body that regulates Georgia Power, was less enthusiastic.

“The Obama administration continues its war on coal with the issuance of carbon dioxide rules for existing coal plants,” Commisioner Stan Wise noted in a written statement. “These overreaching rules trump state authority, put energy users at risk to future price swings, ignores the investments and progress Georgians have made to improve the environment and are a backdoor attempt to force federal renewable energy mandates.”

Commisioner Tim Echols agreed.

“President Obama is using a federal agency to implement climate plans and new regulation — without congressional approval,” Echols said. “His plans to curb carbon dioxide output and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions will ironically have a disproportionate impact on red states like Georgia that use a lot of coal, and I am trying hard to believe it is just a coincidence.”

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