Bay Point development is a lose-lose-lose proposition. The nation’s newest national monument, in SC! Too much of a good (Sullivan’s Island) thing. Cruise ships in Mt. Pleasant? Long live the Conservation Bank!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Folks, This week’s news featured some of the Lowcountry’s most noteworthy places – some threatened with disappearing, others disparaged as oversized, some on the brink of revival, others endowed with national significance. But first, you probably noticed that most of this month has not felt like January. In fact, Charleston set a temperature record on Friday the 13th, (ominously), of 80 degrees. While this may have been exciting if you were headed for the beach, people…

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P&C: ‘This is groundbreaking’: Cruise ships could anchor near Mount Pleasant as Charleston hits limit on visits

Friday, January 13, 2017

‘This is groundbreaking’: Cruise ships could anchor near Mount Pleasant as Charleston hits limit on visits By David Slade Jan 13, 2017


Global warming didn’t pause, but the Gulf Stream might. SC reduced CO2 emissions in 2016. No seismic testing! Humpbacked whales at Debidue. Cheetahs and fox squirrels. Hotel threatens Mt. Pleasant. Bridges threaten bicyclists.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Folks, For no good reason, I’ll begin this week’s news roundup at the planetary level and progress to the local.  (There is just as much logic for going the other direction.) In the past I’ve hesitated to include articles on the debate over climate science.  The conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global warming (and ocean acidification, and rising sea levels and other related phenomena) is so rigorous, so pervasive, so multi-disciplinary and…

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Statement on Seismic Announcement

Friday, January 6, 2017

Coastal Conservation League PRESS STATEMENT Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – For Immediate Release January 6, 2017 Contact: Alan Hancock, (843) 781-6144, Statement on Seismic Testing Announcement CHARLESTON, SC – In response to today’s announcement from the Obama Administration denying permission to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, Katie Zimmerman, Coastal Conservation League’s Air, Water, and Public Health Director, issued the following statement: “We applaud the Obama Administration’s decision to protect the Atlantic from risky…


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…


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,…


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…


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….


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,…


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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