At about 7 a.m. on Thursday morning, the largest ship to ever visit the U.S. east coast began pulling into the port of Savannah. The COSCO Development made its way from Asia, through the expanded Panama Canal, first making a stop at the Port of Virginia on Monday before heading down to Savannah.
The ship is 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide – or about four football fields long and as wide as a football field also. The U.S. Navy recently commissioned a new aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, which is about 100 feet shorter than the COSCO. It carries 13,092 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). A TEU is basically a standard 20’ shipping container – 20 feet long and 8 feet tall. Earlier this month, the COSCO became the largest vessel to ever move through the Panama Canal, following its completed expansion last summer. It had to enter the channel in Savannah during high tide just to accommodate its size.
For the rest of the story – http://insideradvantage.com/2017/05/12/savannah-hosts-largest-ship-ever-on-east-coast/
West Mims Fire from space
From a simple lightning strike in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on April 6, a wildfire in south Georgia has now grown to 143,893 acres. What exactly does that mean? For some perspective, that equals approximately 224 square miles. The city of Atlanta is approximately 134 square miles. The North Georgia fires last fall/winter, the Rough Ridge Fire and Rock Mountain Fire, burned approximately 50,000 acres.
As of yet, this fire is not near a record. Some readers may remember the Bugaboo Scrub Fire in 2007, smoke from that fire eventually filtered over Atlanta and it was bad enough to cause some asthma sufferers to seek refuge indoors. That fire was over 600,000 acres or nearly 950 square miles. Rhode Island is 1,200 square miles. The Bugaboo, named for the island struck by lightning, ultimately was deemed the largest fire in Georgia history and the largest fire in the lower 48 states in a century.
For the rest of the story – http://insideradvantage.com/2017/05/11/south-georgia-fire-continues-growing/
Last week, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a measure from Councilman (and mayoral candidate) Kwanza Hall that commits the city to a goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035. The resolution directs the Atlanta Office of Sustainability to develop a plan by January of next year for the city to transition its operations to clean energy by 2025 and “community-wide” by 2035. “That includes interim milestones, budget estimates, equity metrics, estimated financial impacts, financing mechanisms, and the percentage of clean energy that shall be locally and distributively generated.”
In its resolution, the city was complimentary of Georgia Power’s effort to bring solar and wind into its generation mix but noted that the overall percentage of these resources remains less than 2%. The city of Atlanta ranks 40th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities in solar installations. This resolution makes Atlanta the 27th city to commit to 100% clean energy.
For the rest of the story – http://insideradvantage.com/2017/05/08/atlanta-commits-to-100-renewable-energy/
Don’t worry, “knees up” is not an unprintable slang. According to Oxford, it is a British term that means a “lively party or gathering.” And this weekend in Atlanta, for the first time, there will be a number of parties around town for BritWeek. BritWeek began more than a decade ago in Los Angeles but is making its Atlanta debut this year.
BritWeek is a celebration of British business, culture and innovation started by the U.K. Department of International Trade. This year, the event will be held in a few cities – Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Orange County – in addition to Atlanta. It was started by the then Consul General in 2007 “to highlight the creative fusion” between the U.K. and California. It was formed to help educate the public about the British contributions to California and the U.S. The 1st Annual BritWeek in Atlanta is held in collaboration with the British Consulate-General, the GREAT Campaign (a Chamber of Commerce-style promotion campaign) and the British-American Business Council (BABC) of Georgia.
For the rest of the story – http://insideradvantage.com/2017/05/05/knees-up-for-british-weekend-in-atlanta/
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 309-118 to pass the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Ultimately, more Democrats ended up voting for the bill than Republicans, with a number of House Freedom Caucus members voting no. All of Georgia’s Democrats voted for the bill but three of the delegation’s Republicans voted against the deal.
Rep. Drew Ferguson (R- GA 3) was one of the nays – along with Reps. Jody Hice (R- GA 10) and Barry Loudermilk (R- GA 11) – and was on C-SPAN on Tuesday and called the bill “I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a good deal but it’s a deal. Unfortunately we are being asked to finish up a process that should’ve been completed last year. We have a new president with a new direction and now we’re trying to blend an older policy and an older budget with a new direction. And it is a complicated process.” Ferguson went on to hint that nobody wants a shutdown but if that is the price to pay for fixing a broken budget process, he might be okay with that.
For the rest of the story – http://insideradvantage.com/2017/05/04/georgia-delegation-votes-on-omnibus-with-a-few-republican-nays/