In an important climate-related vote today, 46% of its shareholders asked The Southern Company (SO) to report on how it plans to align its business operations with a 2 degrees Celsius global warming scenario, up from 34% last year. The shareholder proposal was filed by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ and 8 co-filers from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. This vote underscores shareholders’ growing concern that fossil fuel-heavy energy and utility companies such as Southern – the second largest greenhouse gas emitters in the country – face short- and long-term risks from climate disruptions, but lack public-facing disclosure of business plans for resiliency in a carbon-constrained future.
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, delivered the following opening statement during the subcommittee’s hearing on the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The beef cattle at DeLoach Cattle Co. in Valdosta, Georgia, are now Certified Grassfed by AGW, demonstrating transparency and sustainability
DeLoach Cattle Co. is the first farming business in Brooks County, GA, to be Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW). This is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives, and managed according to the Animal Welfare Approved leading welfare and environmental standards on an independent family farm. While other grassfed labels exist, none has fully met consumer expectations when it comes to a grassfed and forage diet, environmental management, and farm animal welfare--until now.
Interim assessment agreement extended through June 3, work continues at site
Georgia Power and Westinghouse have, in principle, reached a new service agreement which allows for the transition of project management from Westinghouse to Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power once the current engineering, procurement and construction contract is rejected in Westinghouse's bankruptcy proceeding.
Loan commitments include energy and water conservation projects
Fourteen Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $44,322,000 for water, sewer, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding his support of the bipartisan Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations government spending bill. The bill was approved today by the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 309 to 118.