GA YES! Students Press Candidates on Plant Washington & Green Jobs

June 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm 3 comments

As a part of our strategy to fight the three proposed coal-fired power plants in Georgia, the Southern Energy Network and Georgia Youth for Energy Solutions (GA YES!), are putting the pressure on 2010 political candidates.

Last Thursday, June 24, we showed up at the Georgia Water Coalition’s Gubernatorial Forum on Water and the Environment ready to ask candidates hard-hitting questions about the future of renewable energy and green jobs in Georgia. With 12 existing coal-fired power plants, one of which is the single largest point source of CO2 in the US, and 3 new plants proposed, these water-intensive power plants are of huge concern to our drought-ridden state.

Kelsea Norris asks Gen. David Poythress about Plant Washington

We told candidates Dubose Porter, Carl Camon, and General David Poythress that young voters will not stand for new coal in the state of Georgia and that we’re demanding clean, safe, renewable energy that will bring real green jobs to our state. And we got a pretty good response!

Candidates Poythress, Porter, and Camon at the Forum

To back up our statements, we spend this past Saturday at a booth talking to folks at AthFest – a 3-day music and arts festival that takes place every summer in downtown Athens, Georgia. We gathered almost 50 new petition signatures from Georgia voters, telling gubernatorial candidates that they’ll be voting for candidates who:

  • Oppose the construction of Plant Washington and support clean energy solutions such as wind and solar, NOT coal and nuclear.
  • Support statewide energy efficiency programs that will cut our carbon emissions and make Georgia a leader in global warming solutions
  • Invest in education to create clean energy tech jobs

E-mail all the gubernatorial candidates and let them know that you’ll also be voting on the issues, and don’t forget to vote in the Georgia primaries on July 20! If you can, copy us on your emails – use Jenna is our Georgia Organizer, working with GA YES to fight the proposed coal plants.


General David Poythress (

Randal Mangham (

Dubose Porter (

Carl Camon (

Bill Bolton (

Roy Barnes (

Thurbert Baker (


Jeff Chapman (

Nathan Deal (

Karen Handel (

Eric Johnson (

John Oxendine (

Ray McBerry (


Ray Boyd (

Al Bartell (


John Monds (

Written by Kelsea Norris, student at the University of Georgia in Athens


Entry filed under: coal, Georgia YES!, government, Policy, Power Vote, southern energy network.

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  • 2. rmarg  |  July 1, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I am probably the “broken record” here, but almost all thermal power plants use water for cooling (some use air without evaporative cooling, but the efficiency tradeoff is quite high). The southwest desert has power plants (including solar thermal) and they all operate with water.

    Power plants have been controversial for many years, but this is the first I have seen controversy over the laws of thermodynamics. 😉

  • 3. Bob  |  July 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Renewable energy ought to be part of the solution along with other types of power generation sources. Let’s look at the facts. Georgia is NOT a wind state. The specs on most wind turbines indicate they must have at least a 13 mph wind just to begin operating and a 35 mph wind to operate at nameplate capacity. According to the SE Regional Climate Center, Georgia’s average wind speed is less than 7.5 mph. Georgia is an “iffy” solar state. The typical PV system is about 12% efficient and will generate about 1 kWh per square meter per day here in GA. It generates the most energy at solar noon and moderately effective on the shoulder hours before and after noon. So in the evenings, on cloudy days or when the wind does not blow, where is the electricity we all use suppose to come from, In the energy industry, these are known as “intermittent” sources, mainly b/c they can only be relied upon on an intermittent basis. At the end of the day we will also need energy from other, more reliable, more available, and cost-stable sources such as nuclear and coal.


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