Justice Scalia never said the EPA emissions rule was struck down,
rather the Supreme Court sent it back to a lower court to
get a cost analysis from EPA.
Meanwhile, many of the emissions controls are already in place
on coal plants (including Plant Scherer),
other coal plants have closed or are closing,
and investors are abandoning coal in droves.
So what Scalia wants may or may not be impossible for EPA
to deliver, but EPA actually already has helped sink dirty coal.
Meanwhile, Georgia Power finally is helping the sun rise on Georgia.
So the prognosis is good for less mercury in the Alapaha River.
The EPA should account for all costs before making a ruling on mercury
or other coal plant emissions, according to a 5:4 majority of the Supreme Court.
The dissenting minority points out not only are costs usually figured
in during the follow-on process for specific limits, but that actual costs
can’t even be computed without knowing those limits.
So Coal Plant Scherer mercury in the Alapaha River
can’t be limited without figuring all the costs first, says the SCOTUS majority,
although EPA and the Court minority point to numerous well-known medical
problems caused by mercury.
Are profits for a few big utilities and coal companies more important
than clean water and public health,
especially now that there are cleaner, safer, faster-to-build, and
less expensive renewable energy sources available in solar and wind power?
Thanks for sharing the letter from Pope Francis. I hope people sit up and take notice! As you pointed out in your post, with the quotes from MLK Jr., it is not the first time we have heard this. Here is an even older Quote from Teddy Roosevelt:
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Committee members wanted by WWALS Watershed Coalition
Hahira, June 23rd 2015 –
WWALS Watershed Coalition is pleased to announce the formation of the
Withlacoochee River Water Trail (WRWT) Committee.
With the Alapaha
River Water Trail well on its way to completion, WWALS is ready to
take on the Withlacoochee and Little Rivers. We are looking for
people to take an active part in developing a recreational water
trail for all to enjoy.
Chris Graham, Chair of the Alapaha River Water Trail, said:
“I feel I have accomplished a good deal in our area. Now that the Alapaha River Water Trail brochures are printed and WWALS is starting on the Withlacoochee River Water Trail, I feel it is time for someone in the Little River or Withlacoochee River watersheds to have an option to join the WWALS board to do something good for their river.”
WWALS has already started mapping and
gathering information for the Withlacoochee River Water Trail,
WWALS co-sponsors the “Big Little
River Paddle Race” at Reed-Bingham State Park each spring on the
Little River, a tributary of the Withlacoochee River. There is the
potential for another paddle race on the Withlacoochee in the fall,
and we’re looking for ideas for where and who wants to help.
Board and Committee members sought by WWALS Watershed Coalition, a
Hahira, June 20th, 2015 — From paddle races to opposing
pipelines to building water trails for recreation,
landowner protection, and economy, local nonprofit WWALS Watershed Coalition
seeks additional members, committee members, and board members to
extend advocacy for the watersheds of the Withlacoochee,
Willacoochee, Alapaha, and Little Rivers. Applications are now being
accepted online for committee and board members to be elected at the
July 8th Annual Meeting in Adel, Georgia, and anyone can pay for a
membership at any time.
WWALS Secretary Garry Gentry of Tifton said:
“I have been involved with WWALS since almost the beginning and common
sense says we need clean water and good stewardship of our planet to
leave as a legacy for the next generation.”
Pope Francis makes a
religious, ethical, humane, scientific, and practical case
for stewardship of this earth and its waters, with
moral and ethical bases for
“the choices which determine our behaviour”.
His case does not require any reader to be Catholic or Christian,
as the Pope integrates his faith with the science of an integral ecology.
You don’t have to agree with everything he wrote (I don’t)
to agree with the gist of it,
in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
“all life is interrelated”
Pope Francis’ letter to the world is long but well worth reading in full,
and these excerpts I hope will encourage everyone to do that.