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Report from The Sierra Club & Oil Change International: FAIL: HOW THE KEYSTONE XL TAR SANDS PIPELINE FLUNKS THE CLIMATE TEST

Tar Sands 101
"Tar sands (or bitumen) has a very high carbon content compared to other sources of oil. Extracting and upgrading oil from tar sands can be as much as 4.5 times more greenhouse-gas-intensive than oil from other conventional North American crude sources. Additionally, during the refining process, 15-30

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: MS Politicians Pushing to Bring Nuclear Waste to Salt Domes--Again

"Energy Institute to pitch storing nuclear waste in Mississippi.
While proponents tout job creation, opponents say it could create image problem"
(Clarion Ledger, August 23)

State Sierra Club spokesman Louie Miller said: “You’ve got to be kidding me. We went through this fight 30 years ago. Does Mississippi not have a bad enough image problem nationally without becoming a radioactive dump for the U.S. and probably the rest of the world? … I don’t care how many jobs it creates, if any. Think of how many it would destroy. This is a bad idea. This is something you don’t want in your backyard.”

CONSENSUS BUILDING AGAINST KEMPER PLANT Guest editorial by Wyatt Emmerich, Publisher, Northside Sun

AUGUST 14TH, JACKSON MS Southern Company – a $17 billion utility holding company out of Atlanta – has a statutory responsibility as a Mississippi monopoly to provide its captive customers electricity at a reasonable rate. Kemper is the dessert ending a 12-course gourmet meal paid for by Mississippi taxpayers for the benefit of Southern shareholders. It’s Southern’s turn to pick up the check.

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BENTZ LEAVES KEMPER MESS FOR NEXT PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER

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JACKSON, MS AUGUST 9TH
Mississippi Sierra Club Director Louie Miller has issued the following statement:
“Given the massive cost overruns, hidden information, and looming rate increases from the Kemper plant, it’s no surprise that Commissioner Bentz would want to get off this sinking ship. While he leaves the Public Service Commission and more than doubles his salary, he's leaving MS ratepayers with a boondoggle of an over budget project whose price tag is nearly $5 billion and growing.

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: A FARM BILL TO PROTECT THE GULF

New Orleans, LA BY Matt Rota, Science and Water Policy Director, Gulf Restoration Network
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the Farm Bill. The outcome of this debate is incredibly important to the nation’s waters, soil, health, and nutrition. Please tell your Representative to make sure that farmers who receive crop subsidies implement basic conservation practices to ensure that pollution and topsoil don’t flow into neighboring rivers:

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: MISSISSIPI POWER'S KEMPER COUNTY COAL PLANT

JACKSON, MS BY LOUIE MILLER
The Kemper County area where the electricity is generated is not in Miss. Power's service area, so the electricity will be supplied to that county and surrounding areas while the citizens in the 26 counties served by Miss. Power will actually have their rates increased in order to pay for the construction of the plant-- even if the plant does not generate a single kilowatt of electricity!

MISSISSIPPI ISSUES: Who Owns Mississippi Power?

JACKSON, MS BY LOUIE MILLER, Executive Director
A public utility is supposed to serve the interest of the public, but recently it seems Mississippi Power is doing anything but. Their financial boondoggle at the $4.2B Kemper coal-fired power plant resulted in an initial 13% increase in electricity rates, with increases predicted to reach as high as 61%. That's money out of your pocket to prop up. . .a Fortune 500 company?

NEWS/CENTRAL: Guest Editorial: Ratepayers Be Damned!

Wyatt Emmerich

JACKSON, MS BY WYATT EMMERICH, PUBLISHER, NORTHSIDE SUN
I attended my first Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing last week. I was not impressed. Because power companies have monopolies, the PSC is there to protect the consumer. But that's not what I witnessed. Instead, PSC commissioner Leonard Bentz seemed irritated at some of the citizens who showed up to protest the new rate hikes precipitated by the new $3.7 billion Kemper lignite plant.

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