With pending rate increases, an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the looming “Cap and Trade” federal legislation on the horizon, energy is a “hot topic” issue.
Three “forums” are slated to allow the public to listen and discuss the future of energy in the state of Georgia. Two key speakers will be Sam Fleet, the state director for the Pickens Plan, and Tim Echols, candidate for the Public Service Commission, a statewide seat. Other speakers will be announced soon
“Foreign oil is a threat to American safety,” says Fleet. “It’s time to move forward to energy independence and bring more jobs to America and the state of Georgia.”
Echols has been traveling the state promoting nuclear power, renewable energy and the conversion of municipal vehicles to CNG (compressed natural gas). “I think the potential cost overruns for the new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle will be the biggest issue during my six year term,” said Echols. “If Pres. Obama somehow passes Cap and Trade, however, Georgia may face unprecedented energy cost increases in order to comply. It will not be good for our state.”
Stephen Morris, the official organizer of the events, said that many Georgians feel they don’t have enough input into the Public Service Commission hearing process. “These meetings will give the ordinary citizen a chance to listen, learn and offer suggestions to opinion leaders like Fleet and Echols,” said Morrison, a college student from Savannah.
Savannah Event Details: June 16, Wed, 12pm to 1:30pm at the Southwest Chatham Library at 14097 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419 (behind Target at Savannah Mall)
Valdosta Event Details: June 18, Friday, 12:30pm to 2pm at the Valdosta Library at Valdosta-Lowndes County Library, 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive in Valdosta, Georgia 31602.
Cobb Event Details: June 24, Thursday, 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the East Marietta Public Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068-3352.
To see more on Sam Fleet and the Pickens Plan, go to http://www.pickensplan.com/news/2010/05/22/georgia-state-leader-traveling-across-to-georgia-to-support-pickens-plan/
Echols’ newest campaign commercial can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h3d6MOCRYQ
More information on his criteria for can be found at www.timechols.com