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Offshore Drilling: We Won!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

You spoke up. They listened. And today we won! A little more than a year ago, the Obama Administration shocked us all by announcing plans to allow oil and gas drilling off our coast — a direct threat to South Carolina’s tourism economy and quality of life. Tens of thousands of citizens organized throughout the state to stop offshore drilling. Hundreds of coastal towns and cities passed resolutions declaring their opposition. Businesses and local leaders, Republicans…

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Manatees following monarchs. The offshore drilling IQ deficit. The worst form of government.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Folks, Last week the good news was about the resurgence of monarch butterflies on their wintering grounds in Mexico. This week, it’s the lithe monarch’s antipode, the Florida manatee, as the Washington Post reports. Once threatened with extinction, the population of this peaceful, herbivorous resident of Florida’s freshwater springs, (and, increasingly, South Carolina’s coastal waters), has grown from several hundred in the 1970s to roughly 6,000 today. The manatee’s rebound is the direct…

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East Edisto: A landmark victory

Friday, February 26, 2016

Yesterday was a monumental day for land conservation in South Carolina. After planning and negotiating for nearly a decade, a major corporation, conservationists, business leaders, government officials, and members of the community came to an agreement that will conserve a swath of land nearly twice the size of Mount Pleasant — forever. The so-called East Edisto property, owned by WestRock (formerly known as MeadWestvaco), is 72,000 acres and 19 miles long — running from Hollywood…

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S.C. Food Policy Council Annual Meeting

Monday, February 22, 2016

Today at the Farmers Market in West Columbia, the South Carolina Food Policy Council met to discuss pressing regulatory and policy issues facing food producers in South Carolina. Our vision is that farmers at every scale will have access to the coast’s burgeoning urban markets, satisfying the growing demand for local vegetables and meat, strengthening struggling rural communities, and stabilizing rural land use, and sponsoring today’s conference is part of getting there.

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SCOTUS halts Clean Power Plan, stuns states planning carbon cuts

Friday, February 19, 2016

From E&E Publishing: South Carolina has been in carbon-cutting talks for more than two years, said Hamilton Davis, energy program director for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and a participant in the state’s planning process. “I don’t anticipate that the Supreme Court hitting the pause button is going to derail the work that we’ve been doing,” Davis said. A stunning U.S. Supreme Court decision to halt implementation of the Obama administration’s signature regulation for cutting…

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SC greens disappointed in Supreme Court carbon ruling

Friday, February 19, 2016

From The State: Green groups in South Carolina expressed disappointment Tuesday night in a Supreme Court decision to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” Those include S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, who has…

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Why conservative South Carolina could actually be a sign of the future of U.S. energy

Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Washington Post: Coastal South Carolina has long been recognized by locals and tourists alike for its warm waters, dazzling natural landscapes and prime seafood cuisine. But lately, communities up and down the shoreline have been making a name for themselves in another way: They’re leading the historically conservative state in a shift toward support for alternative energy and away from fossil fuel energy development. In the past year, the waters off the coast of…

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Decision nears on oil and natural gas drilling offshore

Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Post and Courier: Federal regulators are expected to announce in March whether they will propose leasing more offshore oil and natural gas exploration and drilling in the Atlantic, including off South Carolina, say environmental attorneys who are monitoring the decision. The “best information” given to Southern Environmental Law Center attorneys is to expect a decision between March 14 and March 18, said center spokesman Mike Mather late Thursday. A Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…

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Transportation on the Senate Floor

Friday, February 19, 2016

To fix the potholes, fix the system This week on the Senate Floor, Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort filibustered to ensure that reforming transportation is part of any law to address our roads. Senator Davis explained that if the General Assembly simply raises the gas tax without reforming the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, any new money would not necessarily go to fixing existing interstates. Citing the example of South Carolina Highway 51, Senator Davis predicted…

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A Persistent Plastic Menace

Monday, February 15, 2016

From the Post and Courier‘s editorial page: Seven tons. That’s how much plastic a study from The Citadel estimates is breaking down in Charleston Harbor right now. It’s bad enough that so much trash is littering a body of water so important to local commerce, recreation and ecology. But according to The Citadel researchers, natural processes may be turning those tons of plastic into a serious health risk to marine animals — and…

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