My philosophy of everything in 15 minutes. Gullah culture and climate change. Raising houses and public awareness. Downsizing houses. More EPA private meetings. It’s too darn hot (again). Coal is down. Turtles are up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Folks, Finally, winter was here!  (Yesterday…) The first item of the week comes from the Charlie Rose of Charleston… the Dick Cavett of Marion Square… the Oprah Winfrey of Wentworth Street…  Quintin Washington!  In this episode, Quintin interviews me on a wide array of subjects – our incoming Executive Director, Laura Cantral; our beloved state’s pre-modern, pre-logical political culture; the nuclear plant fiasco; getting stuff done; flooding solutions; and, of course, the continued paralysis over the…


Housing crunch, but we can help. Curing the budget deficit and climate change at the same time! CO2 levels Homo erectus would have experienced. Replacing Scott Pruitt. Caring for oysters.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Folks, After almost suffocating under an avalanche of important news, I have finally winnowed this week’s news summary to a few themes.  I’ll start with housing. Sunday’s Post and Courier featured a front-page article on Charleston’s housing affordability crisis, proclaiming that it is “on pace to mirror San Francisco’s.” Post and Courier: Charleston’s housing crisis is on pace to mirror San Francisco’s. Shunning development could make it worse. Housing affordability in the metropolitan area is indeed a critical and…

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Final Countdown: Comment Now on DHEC’s Revised Lines

Friday, November 3, 2017

What is the latest on those wonky DHEC setback lines? (To comply with the Beachfront Management Act, DHEC is updating the baseline and setback lines for coastal development. You can read all about it in my last blog entry here. Remember: The last day to comment is November 6!) Here’s the latest: Last week, Governor McMaster called on DHEC to delay setting the lines by extending the public comment…


Freeways give way to neighborhoods. Supremes reject Charleston County’s 526 appeal. Better uses for 3/4 billion dollars. Setback lines potentially set back. Shame over plastic bags. Conservative consistency. Clams (and oysters) have ears (really).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Folks, I hope everyone had an enjoyable, breezy weekend. You’ve probably heard about the epic battle between Robert Moses (“The Master Builder”) and Jane Jacobs (“The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) over the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway, a 10-lane elevated highway that would have plowed through Greenwich Village.  The short story is that Jacobs, with a cadre of “mothers,” as Moses characterized them, and others, prevailed, handing Moses one of the few defeats in his…


Setting Lines for South Carolina’s Dynamic Shoreline

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In the last few years, coastal communities have weathered intense storms and difficult periods of recovery. This trend will continue. In order to build resilience, we must be forward-thinking. Now is the time to craft sound regulatory decisions around coastal policy. South Carolina is on the right track. Last spring, members of the Coastal Conservation League, citizens, and our conservation coalition partners worked with Rep. Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R-Beaufort), Rep. James Smith…


There’s something about Marvin. Falling on standing. Floating in on golden parachutes. Solving the energy conundrum in one word – competition. No more Frogger on Maybank!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Folks, Long time, no news summary…  And it’s not because nothing has been going on!  (I’ve just been too distracted to summarize…) The first item falls under the category of “no good deed goes unpunished.” South Carolina dedicates comparatively little state funding to land conservation unlike, say, Florida, which persistently deployed around $300 million a year to protect habitat.  But despite the modest size of our financial commitment, we have done a spectacular job of spending money…

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A Word from the Warehouse – October 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

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Adventures with Andy: Earning a Certification to Sell Wild Mushrooms

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I snap a photo just as Tradd says, “This mushroom really turns me on.” He pauses at the sound of my camera’s shutter, adding, “Don’t add that to your article.” He continued on, explaining to about 20 students (including me) standing around him that a mushroom he has just picked from a hardwood log is called a “train wrecker.” The fungus is so named because of its…


Wendell Berry film on Tuesday. The energy solution – competition and conservation. Don’t rush to gas. First, decentralize – wisdom from an options trader. Things we ought to do now.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Folks, First, an acknowledgment of last week’s mistake.  Two sharp-eyed readers pointed out that my description of the Land Institute’s perennial grain program contained an embarrassing malapropism.  I said the Institute was developing “perineal” grains.  If you don’t know what that means, don’t look it up.  My only excuse is that my computer was too dumb to recognize the error.  Sorry! The following article from the Post and Courier reports that the Charleston Music Hall will present a…


Gala for birds. Water, water everywhere. Taxing carbon. Building better, less expensive cities. Support local farming or reform big agriculture? The answer is yes!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Folks, First, I made a mistake last week. I reported that the Center for Birds of Prey’s annual extravaganza had been cancelled because of too much water from Irma and too many exotic birds (like our sooty tern) to rehabilitate. In fact, it was their annual birding festival, Zughenruhe (It’s German – having to do with the migration of birds, in case you didn’t know.) Fest, that was cancelled. Their annual gala is still on,…

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