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A Word from the Warehouse – January 2017

Saturday, January 20, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The start of the year can’t be more different than the last, from a balmy 70-degree February in 2017 to a winter wonderland in 2018. Bizarre weather patterns – and the effects of climate change – grow more apparent with each passing year. All over the country, groups of farmers and farmer advocates are collaborating to create resilience strategies and…

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Fool me once… Dominion has a great deal for you (us)! Failure to transact? Groundhog Day on offshore drilling, but a vigorous defense of the ocean ensues. The 526 mystery. Great news for elephants!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Folks, As the sun streams through the ice gaps on Tradd Street and, to paraphrase Charleston Airport head Paul Campbell, “Mother Nature takes care of the snow,” (at a truly “glacial” pace), the Post and Courier continues to shine the light on South Carolina’s primordial regulatory system.  (Thawing of both may begin in the near future, we hope.) The latest case in point is this article by Andrew Brown, revealing that most members of the South Carolina…

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Watch: A thank you message from Dana and Virginia

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Folks, I’ll echo my wife, Virginia, in the video below by saying I am profoundly moved by your support. Your browser does not support the video tag. When we started the Conservation League in 1989, I remember one of us (there were only two) rushing to the mailbox each day, encouraged by your letters and small donations of $5 or $10. Even then, it…

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Real winter! Fake tweets. Saving species for almost half a century. Where we came from. Unmanly men. Don’t mess with Texas! Folly Road on the rebound. A new jewel in SC’s crown of public land.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Folks, Finally!  Bona fide winter weather! It seems like years since we’ve had seriously cold temperatures on New Year’s Day.  Last year’s balmy January weather snookered South Carolina peach trees and blueberry bushes into flowering at least a month early, setting the stage for a cold snap in March that destroyed 90 percent of both crops. If this year’s trend continues, we’ll have appropriately cold winter weather until March, and abundant peaches and blueberries in the spring. On…

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Watch: A holiday message from Dana and Virginia

Friday, December 29, 2017

Folks, Virginia and I recorded a short video message reflecting on the last year and the challenges ahead. You can watch it below. Your browser does not support the video tag. Today’s challenges are big and complex. We can see the filling in of our salt marshes, the loss of wetlands, severe flooding and sea level rise. To proactively address these challenges, the Conservation League needs…

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Reindeer on your roof. Santa, or the tax bill? Save Audrey II! Bears among us. Restoring Crab Bank.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Folks, If you heard the sound of hooves on your roof Sunday night, it could have been Santa (or Mrs. Santa) on their annual worldwide tour.  (Do they drive two sleighs?  I think so, for coverage.)  You might have confirmed this if you visited the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker website.  This article from National Public Radio reports on the origin of NORAD’s famous Santa program, which began 60 years ago (long…

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Septic tank = Ocean? The flawed case for Arctic oil. Shame and anger over plastics. Progress at Surfside! Disrespecting North Charleston? Money for flooding. Nuclear plant = 1/2 the price of the Civil War. Kneel-in!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Folks, I’ll begin this week’s news summary with the topic “politicians who say things that don’t seem to make sense.” This article from the Post and Courier reports that despite abundant evidence that offshore seismic testing and oil drilling threaten South Carolina’s tourism economy and the coastal environment on which it depends, Georgetown Senator Stephen Goldfinch is all for it. Post and Courier: As many oppose coastal gas and oil exploration, South Carolina Sen. Stephen Goldfinch…

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Threats to credit ratings, bogus and real. Why Vancouver is delightful. Bad zoning makes bad communities. Young farmers on the rise. Dolphins love Beaufort! Goldfinch doesn’t love dolphins. Or public participation…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Folks, Every year or so, a politician pronounces that something he supports must be done to protect the city or county’s credit rating.  Consider Charleston County Council, for example, where I-526 boosters have routinely justified building the interstate to Johns Island because our “bond rating would suffer” if they didn’t.  This was always hogwash and most people knew it. But here’s a real threat to local government credit.  Bloomberg News reports that Moody’s, the bond rating agency, will…

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The two most important conservation groups you’ve never heard of. The expanding greenbelt. Marsh transit in Cape Romain. Hardeeville on steroids. Two centuries to fix the Battery? How to fix democracy.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Folks, The Thanksgiving weekend was glorious in every way.  The rainy, cool day of thanks was perfect for running.  Charleston’s Marc Embler set a state record in Charleston’s Turkey Day 5-kilometer race, in the “antique” category, (in which I was an “also ran”), with a blistering 17:43 time.  It was also ideal for leisurely dining, without the anxiety of cleaning up in time for an afternoon outing. We took our Thanksgiving field trip to Bulls Island…

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Democracy in Ohio. Bears Ear National Monument? Ocean sanctuaries no more. But a reprieve for elephants. Marsh tackies population explosion. Lowcountry food every month. Rudy catches a snake (again). Pedestrians of the world unite!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Once an idea has taken hold of the American people’s minds, whether it’s a just one or an unreasonable one, nothing is more difficult than to uproot it.  The same thing has been observed in England, the European country which for the past century has had the greatest liberty of thought and also the most invincible prejudices. Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Democracy is the worst form of government,…

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