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The heated debate over solar power

Clearly, a bill to encourage the use of solar power is now the hottest item in the state Capitol.

SB 401, sponsored by state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, originally had been shunted by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where it was to be studied to death.

So on Thursday, an impatient Carter — opposed by Georgia Power, electrical membership corporations, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce — brought SB 401 to the Senate committee that oversees utility legislation, where many think the measure ought to have been brought in the first place. Carter attempted to attach his bill to another piece of legislation intended to allow paranoid homeowners to opt out of wireless metering systems.

The concept offered by Carter is complicated, but my AJC colleague Kristina Torres has this explanation:

The most controversial aspect of Senate Bill 401 would allow outside companies to install, own and maintain alternative energy systems, in return for customers …

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Your morning jolt: John Lewis joins six Republicans in vote against debt-ceiling bill

Last night’s vote in the U.S. House on a debt-ceiling deal ripped Georgia’s congressional delegation in two, with Democrat John Lewis of Atlanta joining six Republicans in a final condemnation.

In quoting Mohandas Gandhi, Lewis sounded not unlike some tea partyists we’ve run into: “’All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. All compromise on fundamentals is surrender. It is all give and no take.’ The Democrats gave and gave and gave, but we received nothing in return. This is not a fair deal. It is not a good deal. It is not a balanced compromise.”

Voting for the bill were two Republicans – Tom Price of Roswell, Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville – and four Democrats – David Scott of Atlanta, Sanford Bishop of Albany, John Barrow of Savannah, and Hank Johnson of Decatur.

Voting against the bill were congressmen with major military concerns in their districts: Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Austin Scott of …

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Your morning jolt: John Lewis says Georgia’s illegal immigration measure resembles Jim Crow

In the chapel of the University of Georgia last night, U.S. Rep. John Lewis ripped into Georgia’s new illegal immigration measure, declaring that the act passed by the Legislature last week resembles the South’s old Jim Crow laws and South Africa’s apartheid statutes.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. speaks during the 11th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture at the University of Georgia on Tuesday. AP/Athens Banner-Herald, David Manning

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. speaks during the 11th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture at the University of Georgia on Tuesday. AP/Athens Banner-Herald, David Manning

From the Athens Banner-Herald:

Georgia’s new law authorizes state and local police to arrest illegal immigrants and sets penalties of up to a $250,000 fine and 15 years in prison for anyone who uses a fake ID to get a job.

“We can be arrested and taken to jail until we prove who we are,” said Lewis, one of the leaders of America’s civil rights struggles 50 years ago and now in his 25th year in the House of Representatives. “This is a recipe for discrimination. We’ve come too far to return to the dark past.”

Before its passage, state lawmakers …

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Citing Japan disaster, green groups want NRC to suspend Vogtle reactor licensing

The unfolding situation in northern Japan has had another repercussion in east Georgia. From the Augusta Chronicle:

Environmental groups opposed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s plan to license two new AP1000 reactors to be built at Plant Vogtle filed a new petition Wednesday asking the commission to suspend the licensing process until more is known about the evolving Japan disaster.

“It is apparent that while little is known definitively about the cause and impacts of what occurred at Fukushima, many aspects of the accident have grave consequences for U.S. nuclear plants, including the AP1000 reactors,” said the petition, filed by the AP1000 Oversight Group, comprised of 12 environmental groups.

Southern Nuclear, which plans to use the Westinghouse reactor design at Vogtle, risks potential cost overruns if it moves ahead too quickly on the $14.8 billion project, said Sara Barczak, the program director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

- By Jim Galloway, …

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Your morning jolt: A call for Casey Cagle to resign, from a Tommie Williams aide

On her Facebook page Monday, Republican activist Pat Tippett commented on an unsourced – and so far, unverified – report that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is colluding with Democrats to regain his authority in the state Senate.

Cagle has denied any Democratic involvement, but that didn’t convince Tippett:

”Lt. Gov. YOU NEED TO RESIGN! Why do you think we spend our valuable time, money, and energy for our party? It is not to see the democrats in control! RESIGN!”

None of this would be worth noting, except that Tippett is also a part-time staffer for Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, the lieutenant governor’s rival for leadership of the chamber. Tippett works out of Williams’ office in Lyons, Ga., and is paid from the ranking Senate Republican’s campaign account.

Tippett and her friend Kay Godwin are perhaps the most influential GOP volunteers in south Georgia. They are co-founders of Georgia Conservatives in Action, a group that received $2,000 from Williams in …

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Anti-nuke group takes aim at Obama’s visit to Georgia

In honor of President Barack Obama’s visit to Georgia next week, the environmental group Friends of the Earth launched two TV ads in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., protesting $55 billion in loan guarantees for nuclear plants.

That includes $8 billion or so for Plant Vogtle, the nuclear complex in east Georgia – just upriver from Savannah, which Obama visits on Tuesday. “We’re aware that [Obama] is focusing on the reactor project in Georgia,” said Nick Berning, director of public advocacy for Friends of the Earth.

The ads went up today on Atlanta cable TV, centered around MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. They’ll run a week, Berning said.

This ad focuses on the phrase “nuclear bailout” and the financial risk:

The other addresses the dangers of nuclear radiation. It can be seen here.

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The risk of appearing in the same sentence with Obama

Today gives us a precise measure of how dangerous Republicans think it could be, not just to be seen in the same room with President Barack Obama, but in the same diagrammed sentence.

This was the big news on the AP wire:

LANHAM, Md. — Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.

The new $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees will go toward the construction and operation of a pair of reactors in Burke County, Ga., by Southern Co.

Obama cast his move as both economically essential and politically attractive as he sought to put more charge into his broad energy agenda. Obama called for comprehensive energy legislation that assigns a cost to the carbon pollution of fossil fuels, giving utility companies more incentive to turn to cleaner nuclear fuel.

The impact is hard to underestimate, …

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