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The federal war on the environment and why it doesn’t matter, that much. Living your way into a new way of thinking, about plastics. Kiawah sand dumping. Bikes for everybody! Google “overuse of water.” More trout, less ivory.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Folks, I’ll start with the bad news about the federal government because I hope you will agree that it’s less important than the good news that follows. The Trump Administration continues to amaze. Without exception, every single step they have taken on the environmental front is designed to undermine policies and programs that protect nature and human health, and to eliminate funding for critical scientific research on which future progress depends. They have, in the words…

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The unEnlightenment. Echo chambers. Manipulating voters. Mt. Pleasant’s mistake. The value of corner stores. Chicken threats. Magnificent dolphins!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Folks, A couple of weeks ago I included an article by David Brooks on the perils of abandoning the principles and processes of the Enlightenment – skeptical inquiry based on reason and empirical evidence.  But I also included a piece from an English sheep farmer that seemed to provide a counterpoint to the cold rationality of, say, Francis Bacon.  I thought the (sometimes) countervailing forces of reason and sentiment would help us navigate the environmental…

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Measure what you value. Uphold high (mileage) standards. Beaufort takes on plastic. Pro-science congresspeople. Cool oceans protect reefs. Be kind to spiders. Gas tax redux. Plastic seawalls. My mistake.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Folks, If you don’t know who Simon Kuznets was, you were probably an English major or a psychology major.  You were almost certainly not an econ major. Professor Kuznets invented National Income Accounting, which brought us the world’s most widely used measure of economic well-being, Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  National Income Accounting systematized the evaluation of economic activity in America.  Its misuse is also one of the reasons we are in so much trouble today. This editorial…

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Rollin’ On

Friday, March 17, 2017

In a recent interview with Quintin Washington, Air, Water and Public Health Program Director Katie Zimmerman reflects on her new role as Executive Director of Charleston Moves and the future of alternative transportation in Charleston. Katie will leave us shortly to begin work at the local nonprofit, which aims to improve accessibility and protections for cyclists and pedestrians. We will miss her, but look forward to working alongside Katie to make Charleston a safer, better place…

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Soaring with eagles. Republicans don’t hate the environment. Aldo Leopold vs. Don Young vs. wolves. Victory for the ocean. It ain’t over! I-526 redux, again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Folks, We had a wonderful trip to Bull’s Island this Saturday, including a prolonged encounter with a bald eagle. The recovery of bald eagles in America, from fewer than 450 breeding pairs in the 1960s to tens of thousands today is one of the great conservation success stories. (US Fish and Wildlife stopped counting eagles in 2007 when the bird was removed from the endangered species list.)  Like hundreds of other animals and plants, rivers and…

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Statement on Automatic Stay Vote

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT Dana Beach – (843) 853-7388 – danabeach@scccl.org Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – alanh@scccl.org For Immediate Release March 9, 2017 Statement on South Carolina Senate Vote on the Automatic Stay CHARLESTON, S.C. – In response to a vote in the South Carolina Senate on the automatic stay, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach issued the following statement: “The South Carolina Senate has made it vastly more difficult for citizens to challenge government decisions that could irreversibly…

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Statement on Anti-Home-Rule Bill Vote

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT Katie Zimmerman – (843) 725-1292 – katiez@scccl.org Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – alanh@scccl.org For Immediate Release March 7, 2017 Statement on Anti-Home-Rule Bill Vote CHARLESTON, SC – In response to a vote ending discussion this year of a bill that would preclude local governments from addressing the pollution problems associated with disposable plastic products, Coastal Conservation League Air, Water, and Public Health Director Katie Zimmerman issued the following statement: “Today’s vote reaffirms the commitment of the South Carolina…

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Leadership and technology. A circular plastic economy. Sheep farmers or the Enlightenment. Acidic oceans. Sun shingles. Moving on! The news of my retirement has been…

Monday, March 6, 2017

Folks, To paraphrase the perspicacious Donald Rumsfeld, this week’s news touches on “known knowns,” “known unknowns,” and “unknown unknowns.” Starting with the “known knowns,” Hugh Lane, Jr., chairman of the Bank of South Carolina and one of S.C.’s great conservation leaders, defends the South Carolina Conservation Bank in this Post and Courier op-ed. http://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/south-carolinians-benefit-from-value-of-conservation-bank/article_ea425300-ffa1-11e6-803b-df16bc1a5706.html The Bank was recently the subject of a South Carolina Legislative Audit Council report that managed to completely overlook the stunning success…

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Great Interview with Quintin Washington

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Folks – I wanted to follow up with you on Monday’s email from our Board Chair Margot Rose about the transition at the Conservation League and my new role there.  The irrepressible Quintin Washington interviewed me yesterday about those changes. Quintin covers, much better than I could have done by myself, some of our higher profile projects over the past 27 years and how we expect to continue that work in the…

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Coastal Conservation League Board of Directors Announces Search for New Executive Director

Monday, February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017 Contact: Dana Beach – danabeach@scccl.org Coastal Conservation League Board of Directors Announces Search for New Executive Director CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced today that Dana Beach plans to step down as the organization’s executive director later this year. He will assume a new role as a strategic advisor. The board will launch a national search for his successor. Beach founded the Conservation League in 1989…

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