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Georgia’s EV tax credit challenged…again

Nissan EV LEAF tax credit in Georgia at riskUpdate: The bill has moved to the Senate Committee of Natural Resources and the Environment. There will be a hearing on March 11th. Please contact the Senators on the committee.

Georgia has the unique distinction of being ahead of the curve. Actually, way ahead of the curve when it comes to national EV sales!

What happens to old laws? Well people forget about them until they become viable to remember. Enter the EV tax credit law in Georgia, that’s been on the books since the late 1990s when there was the first commercial play of electric vehicles in the market. Of course all you need to do is watch Who Killed the Electric Car to know what happened to the beloved EV back then. Travel in a time machine to 2014 and the law still stands in Georgia and is now causing quite a national controversy.

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A Tale of Two Senators: Chambliss vs. Isakson on Big Food Labeling

Lesson for Congress - Read your e-mails!

If you wonder why people are frustrated with Washington, then I have the perfect example here. I normally don't do this. In fact I have never done this before on the website. However, this such a great example of how broken Washington DC is that I couldn't pass up this opportunity to point out that it only takes a minute to have a staff person read an e-mail and make the correct response which to me no response would have been better than what was sent to me. If the staff person can't figure it out, what they should do is ask someone else.

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Food Equity – rethinking how we define our food system

Georgia Organics protecting our foodI have been on a journey during 2013. It started at the Georgia Organics Annual Conference last February entitled Farm Rx. The journey took me to the Ancestral Health Symposium, the conference for the Paleo movement and wrapping up with the Weston a Price foundation Wise Traditions conference in November 2013. Along the way I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), found out how to purchase pastured eggs and unpasteurized milk from a local farmer and started to see some health concerns I had recede.

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Lionfish - The New Flounder

Lionfish Photo - Amy Slate's Amoray Dive ResortOkay so this meandering is a little off my usual topics. However, you know when something keeps on popping up over and over and over again? Well that topic for me is lionfish. Crazy I know. See, I am a big fan of ABC's Shark Tank. For those of you who don't know, Shark Tank is a weekly show that has entrepreneurs come in front of a panel of “shark” investors to pitch their company for investment dollars. It’s addictive! It is interesting to see how businesses present themselves to investors and what people have come up with for a business.

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Living Large with Clark Howard – There are more ways than one to conserve!

Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on TrackI’ve been writing a bit this summer. We are five years into Southeast Green and although we are all about business, summer seemed a perfect time to kick back and focus on the lifestyle side of things. So, I wrote two articles about saving. Saving the environment while also saving some bucks! Here are the two articles: How I saved 66% on my electric bill during the summer and Top 10 things to Green Your Back to School Shopping.

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Rethinking Consumer Electric Rate Structures

Restructuring consumer electricity rates - a bright ideaThe electric bill. Although many of us loathe it depending on the time of year, in some ways the electric bill is secretly embraced. Electricity has been found to be directly linked to quality of life. Who doesn't enjoy coming into an air-conditioned home, drinking an ice cold Coca-Cola, reading your favorite book at night, playing tennis video games with your 70+-year-old father?

But we are very wasteful as Americans with our consumption of electricity. Not intentionally, we just are used to living that big large American lifestyle. As we all become more cognizant of the harm we are causing from our electricity production and understanding that it's easy not to waste, it's time to rethink how consumers pay for their consumption.

This article is not addressing the rate structures utilities use to charge their largest customers; businesses, companies, and industry. I continue to stand for a free market and allowing business to do business. However, consumers at home will never ever be the largest customer. In fact, an argument could be made that for utilities to do business where it's profitable on the commercial side of things, serving consumers is a much more burdensome and less profitable endeavor.

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