February 19, 2016


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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