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2016 was a great year, seriously! China protects elephants. Don’t drain the swamp. The good news: Democracy is alive and well. Take it to the streets!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Folks, 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…

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Gifts of the magi. South Carolina reindeer. Friendly beasts. Unfriendly roads. City council capers. Calming the Crosstown (redux).

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Folks, 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,…

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526 rises from the dead — sort of, while the Ashley River bike lane languishes. Bears and quality of life. Hope from Exxon on climate change.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Folks, 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…

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Giving Trump a chance. Dismantling EPA. Toxic alligators. Toxic cruise ships. Selling public lands. Apartment advantages. The world’s oldest mother.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Folks, 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….

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Racial healing and intersections. South Carolina’s Soviet sympathizers. Lavishing public dollars on criminal cruise lines. Cities must lead on climate. Inspiration from Pope Francis and Jane Jacobs.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Folks, 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,…

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Infrastructure blues. The good old days of the New Deal. Charleston is sinking and nobody seems to care.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Folks, 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…

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Foxes vs. hedgehogs. The environmental meaning of President Trump. Prospects for the next four years.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. Archilochus, by way of Isaiah Berlin Folks, 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…

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Vote No on Nov. 8

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…

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Hilton Head, are you there?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

By Dana Beach Over the years the Conservation League has worked with cities and counties to plan collaboratively with an eye toward environmental protection.  One of the first counties to take up the comprehensive planning mantel was Beaufort, in the mid-1990s.  But the road has not always been smooth. A major challenge came from what we called “rogue” towns that, at the behest of developers, annexed property with the explicit goal of undermining stronger county zoning…

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Press Release: GrowFood Carolina Celebrating Fifth Anniversary

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

PRESS RELEASE GrowFood Carolina A Project of the Coastal Conservation League Sara Clow – (843) 727-0091 – sarac@growfoodcarolina.com Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – alanh@scccl.org For Immediate Release September 27, 2016 Contact: Alan Hancock, (843) 781-6144, alanh@scccl.org CHARLESTON – GrowFood Carolina, South Carolina’s first food hub, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. GrowFood Carolina provides local farmers the sales, marketing, logistics, warehousing and distribution functions they need and that previously have been available only to large-scale industrial farms. Wholesale customers range from…

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