Good morning, We’re just rolling into New York. It’s been a long ride overnight from Charlotte. My bus–Charlotte Bus #2–is one of almost 500 buses heading to New York for today’s march. The trip up was great. I learned quite a bit from my bus-mates from throughout the Carolinas. The coal ash issue for example is much more serious in North Carolina, following the Duke spill earlier this year. I shared that South Carolina’s Department […]
September 21, 2014 | Read More >
The three buses bound for the People’s Climate March from Charlotte are heading out. All three are packed with folks from throughout North and South Carolina, including students from Clemson, retirees from Columbia, and activists from Greensboro. We’ll stop for breakfast in New Jersey in the morning, and the buses will drop us off on the Upper West Side around 9:00 in the morning. The march will start at 11:30, and I’ll be in the […]
September 20, 2014 | Read More >
We recently completed our Conservation Counts Tour of South Carolina during which we shared legislators’ scores with voters. We enjoyed meeting citizens that care about holding their legislators accountable. We asked them why conservation and the Conservation Scorecard are important to them. See what they said in the videos below: Conservation Counts Tour-Greenville Conservation Counts Tour-Spartanburg Conservation Counts Tour-Florence Conservation Counts Tour-Charleston
September 10, 2014 | Read More >
This evening, I will be speaking with the John Bachman Group of the Sierra Club about EPA’s Clean Power Plan. If you are in Columbia, drop by. The meeting starts at 7:00, and it’s at USC’s Green Quad learning center. For more information on the Clean Power Plan and South Carolina, check out DHEC’s Clean Power Plan webpage and Coastal Conservation League’s Think Energy website.
August 21, 2014 | Read More >
Yesterday’s court decision to require more stringent disposal procedures at the Barnwell nuclear waste dump was long in the making. We congratulate our friends at the Sierra Club and the South Carolina Environmental Law Project for “sticking to their guns” in this case. It was filed way before our involvement in the issue but I remember well the shock of legislators when they saw the open trenches on a tour of the site in 2007. We were in the middle of fighting a bill that would have let the nation continue sending its commercial, nuclear waste there. Not long afterwards, the House Agriculture Committee unanimously voted NO, and the Atlantic Compact went into effect. Although the Compact now allows only waste from South Carolina, Connecticut and New Jersey, it’s important that all reasonable measures are taken to safely handle it.
July 31, 2014 | Read More >
Sometimes a picture speaks louder than words. Editorial cartoonist, Robert Arial, has taken notice of recent events. They are spot on. We will continue to follow the decisions being made and will fight to protect the South Carolina you love.
July 25, 2014 | Read More >
On Friday, the federal government announced its approval for use of sonic cannons to search for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, from Delaware to Florida. Sonic cannons blast loud noises underwater, disturbing marine mammals, including the endangered North American Right Whale. This method of exploration has serious impacts, and it is the first step to drilling off our coast.
July 22, 2014 | Read More >
Clean energy sources like solar and wind are becoming mainstream in South Carolina. The Aiken Standard, in an editorial published yesterday, noted that conservationists and the S.C. Department of Commerce can find common ground on clean energy jobs in South Carolina. CVSC Program Director Alan Hancock pointed out, “There are companies that are coming in that are trying to meet corporate goals for sustainability. In order to achieve those goals, they need state policies that are supportive of clean energies like solar and wind.”
July 18, 2014 | Read More >
Folks, we work hard to show that in South Carolina, conservation is conservative. We are lucky to have both Republican and Democratic champions at the State House. We have a reputation for being fair in the way we handle our Scorecard (to be released in August) and in the way we recognize bi-partisan leadership at the Green Tie Luncheon (Sept 17th).
July 17, 2014 | Read More >
We win some and we lose some at the State House but we are most likely to lose when decisions are made behind closed doors.
June 26, 2014 | Read More >