Monday, January 9, 2017
For no good reason, I’ll begin this week’s news roundup at the planetary level and progress to the local. (There is just as much logic for going the other direction.)
In the past I’ve hesitated to include articles on the debate over climate science. The conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global warming (and ocean acidification, and rising sea levels and other related phenomena) is so rigorous, so pervasive, so multi-disciplinary and…
Friday, January 6, 2017
Coastal Conservation League
Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – email@example.com
For Immediate Release
January 6, 2017
Contact: Alan Hancock, (843) 781-6144, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement on Seismic Testing Announcement
CHARLESTON, SC – In response to today’s announcement from the Obama Administration denying permission to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, Katie Zimmerman, Coastal Conservation League’s Air, Water, and Public Health Director, issued the following statement:
“We applaud the Obama Administration’s decision to protect the Atlantic from risky…
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
I hope everyone enjoyed the New Year’s weekend, with delightfully, accurately seasonal temperatures on New Year’s Eve.
It may take years for historians to understand the implications of 2016. (Ordinary people might make sense of it more quickly.) But here are a number of accomplishments we can all celebrate on face value.
As this editorial from the Island Packet reveals, the coast is better off for the passage of an updated beachfront management act. And the…
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Christmas Day was beautiful in Charleston, but unseasonably warm. The Battery was packed with all types of vehicles – skateboards and bikes (some of which almost certainly arrived by sleigh Christmas Eve), exotic three wheeled motorcycles, conventional cars, and most of all, self-propelled humans. (More on that topic shortly…)
In the Christmas spirit, this article from the Post and Courier reports that the increased value of frankincense, one of the three gifts of the magi,…
Monday, December 19, 2016
This must sound like a familiar refrain. The Post and Courier reports that the S.C. State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) has once more postponed the final internment of the I-526 extension to rural John’s Island. The project, estimated to cost $750 million, (the most expensive transportation project in the state’s history), faces a funding shortfall of more than $300 million.
Earlier this year the STIB gave the county an ultimatum – either come up with…
Monday, December 12, 2016
For the past two weeks I’ve included news about President-elect Donald Trump’s environmental agenda. I’ve tried to be objective, limiting my commentary to the facts as best I know them. In spite of that, I’ve been criticized (including by some people for whom I have a great deal of respect) for prejudging the situation – for not giving President Trump a chance to show us what he really believes about the importance of conservation….
Monday, December 5, 2016
This was a week of big, important lessons – about correcting grievous mistakes of the past, about the danger of collective delusions, about the proper role of government and the potential abuses thereof, and about our moral obligation to the planet. The following news items are troubling but promising, remorseful but optimistic, and, most importantly, I hope if they are occasionally maddening and frustrating, they will also inspire and motivate.
First, on the inspiring side,…
Thursday, November 24, 2016
I’ve collected about 100 articles focusing on President-elect Trump’s environmental agenda, given his choice of climate skeptic Myron Ebell to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency transition team. I especially recommend Bill McKibben’s brilliant op-ed in the Washington Post.
https://www.washingtonpost. com/opinions/Donald-trump-is- betting-against-all-odds-on- climate-change/2016/11/17/ 8f7bf4ee-acf4-11e6-977a- 1030f822fc35_story.html?utm_ term=.538658a6647d
But I’m not going to focus on environmental regulation and policy this week. As important as that is, there is one arena where decisions are even longer lasting and less reversible…
Sunday, November 13, 2016
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
Archilochus, by way of Isaiah Berlin
Like most of America, I’ve been fascinated by the discussion about the meaning of Donald Trump’s election. I divide the commentators into two categories: hedgehogs and foxes.
Hedgehogs have discerned one big theme from the Trump victory. A popular example is the mea culpa theory: Progressive elites ignored real problems created by a growing inequality…
Monday, October 31, 2016
When you step into the voting booth on November 8th you will be asked if you support a half-cent sales tax increase to fund road projects, mass transit, and the greenbelt program. We are asking you to vote no.
The referendum, if passed, will put the local sales tax at 9% – the highest in the state, raising $2.1 billion over twenty-five years. With that much money at stake, the integrity of the elected officials…