Closer Look with Rose Scott

Georgia Power reaches a tentative agreement to expand fossil fuel infrastructure; Longtime educator and author writes about racism experienced in school

April 2, 2024

Georgia Power and state regulators reached a tentative agreement last week to expand Georgia Power’s fossil fuel infrastructure and increase the company’s battery storage footprint. The agreement still needs approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). WABE climate reporter Emily Jones discusses her recent article that dives into the agreement and explains why some consumer and environmental advocates and customers have concerns. Jones also discusses why PSC elections won’t be held this year and a lawsuit challenging the system the state uses to elect commissioners.


INSERT: The Sandersville Railroad company has been working to acquire portions of land in the city of Sparta in Hancock County, through eminent domain to construct a 4.5-mile rail spur to serve a nearby quarry. A hearing officer with the Georgia Public Service Commission ruled in favor of the railroad company. We revisit Rose’s conversation with Janet and Mark Smith and Ben Tarbutton, the president of Sandersville Railroad.

Plus, New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell discusses her new book, “Everything I Learned about Racism I Learned in School.” In the book, the longtime educator explores the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college. 

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