Friday, December 19, 2008

Sol Invictus, Mother Nature's Lobbyist, Obama's Green Team, and Count Basie On Sustainable Georgia Sunday at 4:30p and Online at

Programming Note:
Sustainable Georgia's Saturday broadcast is preempted again this week for live coverage of the Metropolitan Opera Matinee. We'll air Sunday at 4:30pm following Weekend Gazette.

We celebrate the Winter Equinox this week on Sustainable Georgia with hopes for rebirth, and longer Spring days to come.

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea(pictured above) checks in on this week's show to talk about the highs and lows of fighting the good fight for Georgia's watersheds. She will be actively lobbying the state legislature when it cranks up in a few weeks. If you want to know where your local legislator stands on environmental issues, you can read the Georgia Conservation Voters 2007-2008 Legislative Scorecard linked to here. As Sally points out in our interview, legislators don't hear from their constituents as much as they do from lobbyists and business interests. A spare word or note from you about the importance of considering Mother Nature ahead of the Fortune 500 could make a difference.

Dave Bender reports that the planned coal-fired energy plant for Early County Georgia has been back-burnered by Dynegy, the Houston company that was financing the bulk of it. We report on what that means for the environment, and what it means for people in Early County who had been hoping for new jobs and tax revenue.

Our shout out this week goes to the Mother Nature Network. MNN is a brainchild of Chuck Leavell, keyboardist, Twiggs County tree farmer, friend of GPB and a friend of the Earth. We recommend you check out their site.

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