Political Insider is reporting that Alabama’s real concern is electricity, not water or slugs.
Last Friday, when the White House team of negotiators hit the state Capitol in Atlanta, the focus was on the Georgia politicians who attended the closed-door meeting: Perdue, Chambliss, Isakson and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
But many people overlooked the fact that one civilian had a seat at the table. He was David Ratcliff, the chairman, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based Southern Company. That tells us that electricity, not mollusks, is the true point of this game.
Southern Company owns the nuclear plant in downstream Alabama, and another coal-fired plant in Florida. Last week, Bob Riley produced a letter from Ratcliff, which the Alabama governor said backed up his point of view.
But if the Corps of Engineers says power plants now agree they can do with less water, then that would indicate that the balance has shifted in Georgia