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Dana Beach


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My philosophy of everything in 15 minutes. Gullah culture and climate change. Raising houses and public awareness. Downsizing houses. More EPA private meetings. It’s too darn hot (again). Coal is down. Turtles are up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Folks, Finally, winter was here!  (Yesterday…) The first item of the week comes from the Charlie Rose of Charleston… the Dick Cavett of Marion Square… the Oprah Winfrey of Wentworth Street…  Quintin Washington!  In this episode, Quintin interviews me on a wide array of subjects – our incoming Executive Director, Laura Cantral; our beloved state’s pre-modern, pre-logical political culture; the nuclear plant fiasco; getting stuff done; flooding solutions; and, of course, the continued paralysis over the…

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Housing crunch, but we can help. Curing the budget deficit and climate change at the same time! CO2 levels Homo erectus would have experienced. Replacing Scott Pruitt. Caring for oysters.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Folks, After almost suffocating under an avalanche of important news, I have finally winnowed this week’s news summary to a few themes.  I’ll start with housing. Sunday’s Post and Courier featured a front-page article on Charleston’s housing affordability crisis, proclaiming that it is “on pace to mirror San Francisco’s.” Post and Courier: Charleston’s housing crisis is on pace to mirror San Francisco’s. Shunning development could make it worse. Housing affordability in the metropolitan area is indeed a critical and…

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Freeways give way to neighborhoods. Supremes reject Charleston County’s 526 appeal. Better uses for 3/4 billion dollars. Setback lines potentially set back. Shame over plastic bags. Conservative consistency. Clams (and oysters) have ears (really).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Folks, I hope everyone had an enjoyable, breezy weekend. You’ve probably heard about the epic battle between Robert Moses (“The Master Builder”) and Jane Jacobs (“The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) over the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway, a 10-lane elevated highway that would have plowed through Greenwich Village.  The short story is that Jacobs, with a cadre of “mothers,” as Moses characterized them, and others, prevailed, handing Moses one of the few defeats in his…

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There’s something about Marvin. Falling on standing. Floating in on golden parachutes. Solving the energy conundrum in one word – competition. No more Frogger on Maybank!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Folks, Long time, no news summary…  And it’s not because nothing has been going on!  (I’ve just been too distracted to summarize…) The first item falls under the category of “no good deed goes unpunished.” South Carolina dedicates comparatively little state funding to land conservation unlike, say, Florida, which persistently deployed around $300 million a year to protect habitat.  But despite the modest size of our financial commitment, we have done a spectacular job of spending money…

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Wendell Berry film on Tuesday. The energy solution – competition and conservation. Don’t rush to gas. First, decentralize – wisdom from an options trader. Things we ought to do now.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Folks, First, an acknowledgment of last week’s mistake.  Two sharp-eyed readers pointed out that my description of the Land Institute’s perennial grain program contained an embarrassing malapropism.  I said the Institute was developing “perineal” grains.  If you don’t know what that means, don’t look it up.  My only excuse is that my computer was too dumb to recognize the error.  Sorry! The following article from the Post and Courier reports that the Charleston Music Hall will present a…

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Gala for birds. Water, water everywhere. Taxing carbon. Building better, less expensive cities. Support local farming or reform big agriculture? The answer is yes!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Folks, First, I made a mistake last week. I reported that the Center for Birds of Prey’s annual extravaganza had been cancelled because of too much water from Irma and too many exotic birds (like our sooty tern) to rehabilitate. In fact, it was their annual birding festival, Zughenruhe (It’s German – having to do with the migration of birds, in case you didn’t know.) Fest, that was cancelled. Their annual gala is still on,…

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Irma odds and ends. The fallout. The response. Can I talk to you about insurance? Snow leopards on the rise.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

There is a party Everyone is there Everyone will leave At exactly the same time  When this party’s over It will start again It will not be any different It will be exactly the same “Heaven” by David Byrne Folks, Irma certainly wasn’t a party, and it wasn’t EXACTLY the same as Matthew or the October 2015 “rain bomb.”  But the hurricane, (which was “just” a tropical storm in South Carolina), left us with a familiar, sinking feeling – for the third time in…

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Irma odds and ends. The fallout. The response. Can I talk to you about insurance? Snow leopards on the rise.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

There is a party Everyone is there Everyone will leave At exactly the same time  When this party’s over It will start again It will not be any different It will be exactly the same “Heaven” by David Byrne Folks, Irma certainly wasn’t a party, and it wasn’t EXACTLY the same as Matthew or the October 2015 “rain bomb.”  But the hurricane, (which was “just” a tropical storm in South Carolina), left us with a familiar, sinking feeling – for the third time in…

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A modest proposal: Don’t prepare for Irma. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. GrowFood goes national! Protection for history on the Cooper.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Folks, With Hurricane Irma in the forefront of our collective minds, here is a modest proposal:  I suggest that the people who continue to deny human-caused climate change (bless their hearts) should similarly discount the science, and the scientists, the rest of us are depending on to decide whether to board up our windows, to buy bottled water, and to put the cat in the carrier and suffer four hours of driving to Spartanburg, (serenaded…

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More nuclear fallout. Santee Cooper is insolvent. South Carolina is a corporate state. Learning from the eclipse. Bing Crosby! Beautiful dirt. Defeating plastic pollution. Birds and moose!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Folks, Reading the newspaper (or the cyber newsfeed) has been especially painful these last two weeks. Charlottesville… a shooting on King Street in Charleston…  a hurricane in Texas… and countless (truly) articles about the demise of the SCANA/Santee Cooper nuclear plant.  No silver linings in these events… But also, if you will bear with me, some encouraging, inspiring and beautiful stories too. First, the nuclear plant debacle continues to unfold.  There are important lessons about how to…

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