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Bridging the Ashley

Monday, August 24, 2015

“Ill-advised and absolutely stupid.” That is one of the comments from someone posting about the conversion of one lane on the Ashley River Bridge for the use of pedestrians and people on bikes. My first reaction upon reading it was to wince, and then I instinctively touched the heart-shaped scar on my knuckle. I’ve been commuting over the sidewalk of the westbound Ashley River Bridge for practically a decade now. I’ve…

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Pushing and pulling

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Folks, There’s been a lot of pushing this week and, fortunately, also some pushing back. In this article from the Post and Courier, Diane Knich reports that the Charleston Chamber of Commerce is now pushing another highway extension — this one the Glenn McConnell “Parkway” (which bears little resemblance to, say, the Blue Ridge Parkway). The Chamber feels this highway should plow through the Ashley River Historic Plantation District, skirt Summerville on the northwest…

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Much ado about fish, red road herrings, curbing ocean acidity

Monday, August 10, 2015

Folks, Last week the media paid much deserved attention to the welfare of sea life. In this excellent piece in the Post and Courier, retired DNR biologist Charles Barans urges action to protect snappers and groupers in the face of persistent population declines. The solution, which has been frustratingly difficult to implement over opposition from the fishing industry, is one America pioneered more than a century ago — sanctuaries for resting and feeding. On land,…

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Acres protected, solar energy tapped, documents dumped and bicycles deployed.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Folks,   This week’s news is about large numbers.  The first is 12,000 — the number of acres recently protected in Hampton County by The Nature Conservancy.  This is great news for the environment, but the details of the easement also illustrate the importance of conservation for economic goals.     First, as David…

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Errors of omission

Saturday, July 4, 2015 PAUL ZOELLER/POST & COURIER STAFF

Folks, This 9 minute PBS news video, “A Tale of Two Cities,” compares efforts by New York and Charleston to prepare for climate change, with a focus on sea level rise. In sharp contrast to aggressive planning and implementation of “resiliency” measures that could allow New York to cope with higher seas, Charleston has yet to acknowledge or confront the challenge. As the report notes, Charleston is by no means alone. Many coastal cities…

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Soul of Generosity

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Unsung heroes. That’s how Harriet Williams describes Victor and Marjorie Morawetz, philanthropists from the first half of the twentieth century whose gifts to the Lowcountry live on today. Williams seeks to honor the Morawetzes’ legacy, ensuring that future generations can appreciate their many contributions to the Charleston area. Recently Williams made a generous gift to the Coastal Conservation League in memory of Victor and Marjorie Morawetz. “When I sold my house at 1 Tradd Street,…

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Finding Common Ground to Expand Solar Energy in South Carolina

Monday, June 29, 2015

Signed into law by Governor Haley in 2014, Act 236 is a consensus bill developed by electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, solar power proponents, and conservationists to open the way for more distributed energy production in South Carolina. Taken together, the bill’s key provisions – giving customers the freedom to lease solar, permitting utilities to introduce distributed energy programs, and ensuring equitable net metering rules – are complementary approaches that will expand customer options…

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Love Conquers Hate, Amazing Grace, Singing Presidents

Saturday, June 27, 2015 obama-eulogy

Folks, The events of these last two weeks will undoubtedly be counted among the most important in decades. I suspect we will not fully understand their implications for years. President Obama visited Charleston on Friday to deliver a eulogy for Senator Clementa Pinckney. Senator Pinckney and eight of his parishioners were murdered last week in the sanctuary of his church, the historic Mother Emanuel AME on Calhoun Street.The president’s theme was grace. There could be no…

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The second kick of a mule; DHEC punts on offshore; Sun City shines; Local food hub fever.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Folks, Strange bedfellows is the theme of the week on transportation. Five groups that don’t ordinarily jeehaw (to use a fellow conservationist’s favorite term) gathered in Columbia on Wednesday to express their agreement on the overriding importance of getting politics out of the road funding arena before raising the gas tax. The S.C. Policy Council, League of Women Voters, S.C. Campaign for Liberty, American’s for Prosperity and the Conservation League urged legislators to…

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No slush funds this year, the hubris of bulldozers and offshore drilling, Isle of Palms steps up for the ocean.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Folks, The news of the week is that the S.C. Legislature has adjourned, abiding (perhaps unintentionally) by the principle “First, do no harm.” (This mandate, incidentally, originates from the Hippocratic school of philosophy, but is not part of the Hippocratic Oath.) In fact, the 2015 legislative session produced almost nothing. In the case of transportation funding (and a variety of anti-environment measures), this was a good thing. Both the House and the Senate had persistently refused…

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