A half century of tremendous population and economic growth in Georgia has resulted in new challenges regarding water quality and quantity, air quality and traffic-related emissions. Utilizing objective facts, a commonsense, market-oriented approach to land-use and environmental policy encourages local action and private initiative to improve environmental conditions and ensure our quality of life for future generations.

Nelson Mandela: Pragmatism that Saved a Nation

Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at age 95. Mandela carved out a legacy quite unlike anyone else in the 20th and early 21 Centuries, first as the face and voice of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, then as its elected President when apartheid was abolished and in his later years, as the recognized heart and soul of his nation. Georgia Public Policy Foundation VP Benita Dodd was born and raised in South Africa during apartheid. She offers these thoughts on his remarkable life and legacy.

Some Organic Food for Thought

Despite the claims that organic food is safer and more nutritious, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply won't say so.

Foundation Testifies at Federal EPA Carbon Standards Hearing

Georgia Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd addressed an Environmental Protection Agency listening session on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on October 23 in Atlanta. This is the transcript of her remarks.

Proposed CO2 Standards: Expensive Hot Air

The EPA is working to redefine a gas that every living being exhales into a pollutant.

Acid Rain Cleans Up Its Act

Over the decades it's become clear that an environmental crisis is the media's baby; environmental progress is an orphan.

The Fracking Revolution

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has challenges and benefits, but technological advances are continually improving this technique of extracting oil and gas.

A Shore Uncertainty: Rising Seas, Geologic Faults

Hurricane Sandy has been described as a harbinger of what comes with rising seas: the inundation of coastal cities, devastating storm surges, destruction of coastal wetlands and abandonment of land. The story is simple: Glaciers melt and oceans warm, causing seas to rise.

Agency Bias Reinforces the Case for Limiting Government

Changing the agency leadership or political party in power does not change the self-preservation culture of public employees in government agencies.

Earth Day: For Many, Not Much Cause for Celebration

It's time to add a few more faces to the pitiful environment painted by Earth Day organizers.

Imposing Renewable Energy Won’t Work

Imposing renewable energy upon Georgia’s taxpayers raises the cost of living, taking dollars out of citizens’ pockets that they could use to buy a newer, cleaner car, a better home, a better education that can raise their standard of living or help clothe and feed their children.

State Property Leases Could Get a New Lease on Life

Few Georgia voters are even aware of Amendment No. 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot, which would allow the state to enter multi-year property lease agreements.

Biofuels, Ethanol Give Food for Thought

By Harold Brown

A lawsuit filed this week against the federal Environmental Protection Agency accuses the agency of penalizing refiners for failing to meet “unattainable and absurd” cellulosic biofuels quotas outlined in EPA’s renewable fuels standard.

The EPA mandates the purchase of…

Biomass Policy and Georgia

By Douglas Noonan. View the study here.

Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy

By Lawrence W. Reed The following contains excerpts from a speech given by Larry Reed, an adjunct scholar with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and president of the Midland, Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, to the Economic Club of Detroit…

Don’t Hide Energy Innovation Under a Bushel

By Benita Dodd

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

It’s easy being green these days for environmental activists – green with envy. The darnedest thing has happened in the energy arena, something that this Foundation frequently cites in…

EPA’s Coal Wars Could Sink America’s Economy

By James H. Rust

While campaigning in San Francisco during the Democratic Party primaries in January 2008, presidential candidate Obama told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant they can; it’s just that it…

Pipeline from Canada Trickles Down to Georgia

While the administration fiddles, the United States could miss an opportunity to secure a reliable source of fuel from a friendly – and stable – nation.

20 Years of ‘Policy over Politics’ in Georgia Builds a Strong Foundation

By Kelly McCutchen and Benita M. Dodd

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s reputation is based on its commitment to getting the facts right. In retrospect, one of the few mistakes – or regrets – of the founders of this respected organization…

EPA Regulations for Utilities an Expensive Exercise in Futility

Burdensome, costly regulations on mercury levels are no way to encourage competition, investment or job creation.

Energy Solutions in Pursuit of a Problem

By Benita M. Dodd

Georgians are nervously watching petroleum prices climb amid ongoing unrest in oil producer Libya. Under the Gold Dome, legislators are again subjected to the perennial push for home-grown alternatives to fossil fuels. Just this week, German…