February 4, 2016, Day 16 of 2016 General Assembly
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Rep. Parsons appointed to the Joint Study Committee on the Property Tax Digest Impact on Education Funding
Information on the Georgia's Motor Vehicle Title Fee (Courtesy of Senate Pro-Tem David Shafer)
A letter on Education Funding in Georgia
Important Education Funding Information
Rep. Parsons serves as the Chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee
Rep. Parsons appointed to the General Assembly Fiscal Affairs Committee
Speaker Ralston appoints Rep. Parsons to two important NCSL standing committeess
House Speaker appoints Rep. Parsons to two key SLC standing committees
Important Questions Regarding Energy and Climate Change
Energy is one of the most important issues that the State of Georgia, as well as our nation, must continually evaluate and address if our economies are to continue to grow, the education needs of our citizens are to be met, our workforce is to be trained and the quality of life for generations to come is to be maintained, and indeed improved.
As the Chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, I hear and read many conflicting studies regarding the issue of climate change as it relates to energy and the various sources of energy. The earth's climate has changed throughout time. Some theorize that there was a significant change in the climate of Europe that occurred coincidentally after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, which contributed to the disruption of civilization that led to the Dark Ages. So, if one accepts, as I do, that climate change does occur, then the real questions become:
Despite their rhetoric, the current administration and its supporters, including presidential candidate Clinton, do not take energy seriously. Nor do they even take climate issues seriously. Instead, they listen to special interest groups. They take them seriously. For them, these issues are subservient to their larger agenda of more government control, more dependence of citizens on the federal government, a war on coal and all fossil fuels, elimination of automobiles, accelerated urbanization and the erosion of the constitutional rights and responsibilities of states.
I believe in the use of solar power, wind power and other alternative sources of energy. I have passed legislation and advocated for more legislation to incentivize the use of alternative sources of energy. I believe that we all should take steps to keep the air we breathe pollution free. Although we have vast reserves of coal in America, and through technological advances we are now the number one producer of natural gas in the world, we must keep in mind that even these sources are finite. Common sense requires that we use all of these energy sources.
To the question of whether or not mankind contributes to climate change, I believe the answer, to some degree is yes. However, there are scientific studies that show that even if man does contribute to climate change, the effect is minimal. What I am certain of is that an agency of the federal government, in this case the non-elected EPA, should not, and does not have the authority to issue mandates that will take away the livelihoods of thousands of Americans, raise the cost of electricity to the extent that its use may be prohibitive for the elderly and poor, further the agenda of special interest environmental and urbanization groups, create more dependence on the federal government and weaken the economy of our nation.
The EPA, an agency created by Congress to help keep our rivers, streams and air clean, must work for us and not against us. I believe in its original core mission. It is time for the nonsense to end.
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