Power companies promoting fear

I was astounded by the Letters to Editor from Georgia Power and Coweta-Fayette EMC presidents promoting fear in customers of raising their electric bills. Reason: new EPA CO2 regulations.

But this is not new information or revelations for Georgia Power or Coweta-Fayette EMC. They have known for years these new changes were coming. But they have not solved the problems or created new jobs to help decrease the CO2 emissions from coal-fire power plants, of which Georgia has the worst or some of the worst in the nation. Instead, Georgia Power decided to spends millions of dollars on conservative lobbyists to fight the EPA under President Obama.

This fight first started with the EPA under President Bush in 2007, with the Supreme Court ruling against Bush's EPA in the case Massachusetts vs EPA.

Even FOX News vetted some very interesting facts. From 1980 to 2010 there was a 67% decrease in pollution, a 50% increase in GD, a 28% increase in population, a 36% increase in electrical power. During this time power plants were 50% coal and 50% nuclear power. More people needed more power with a great economy and decreased pollution all due to EPA regulations on CO2.

This information was provided by Christie Whitman, EPA chief appointed by President George W. Bush. The new CO2 regulations will allow greater flexibility for power plants to meet new standards and to promote clean burning natural gas and renewable energy.

It’s truly a low blow for the presidents of these power companies to promote fear and put politics first. Truly shameful act.

Rick Page

Newnan



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