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Turtles and plastic, oil, motivated avoidance (again), and mayoral videos.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Folks, As Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports, the South Carolina Aquarium released four sea turtles last week after their successful recoveries in the Aquarium’s turtle hospital. One, by the name of Midway, had a prodigious amount of plastic in her stomach and would have died without intervention. I’m not sure how Midway, the turtle, got her name, but it is worth noting that the stomachs of 98% of the Laysan and…

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: The Cruise Industry

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Across the country, local and state governments have adopted regulations to protect their communities from negative externalities related to the cruise ship industry. While idling in our port, cruise ships release pollutants and gluts of tourists into downtown Charleston without paying the City any compensation. We asked the candidates: What are your thoughts on the cruise industry? Ginny Deerin on the Cruise Industry William…

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Transportation

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When people come to Charleston, we want them to be amazed and inspired  at the way we have incorporated 21st century transportation into a rich historic city. To accomplish this we need to decongest our roads and use a forward-thinking mentality to prioritize multi-use transportation methods in our road network. The City of Charleston has already been studying existing roads and intersections to make them more functional while simultaneously exploring how it can promote…

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Urban Growth & Development

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Between its historical significance, appealing natural environment, and booming economy, Charleston is one of the most popular places to move and travel to in the world.  In order to keep the “feel” of Charleston it is necessary to preserve the city’s cultural and natural assets. The natural assets include green spaces within the city as well as rural and wetland spaces outside of the city limits. These spaces are important to the lifestyle of…

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Energy, Offshore Drilling, & Renewable Resources

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico along with regular accidents like the recent pipeline spill that closed down numerous beaches in California have motivated 17 municipalities and counties in South Carolina to pass resolutions opposing oil and gas exploration and development off the South Carolina coast. Mayor Riley has also been a vocal opponent of offshore drilling. We asked the candidates: Do you support offshore drilling? 

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Climate Adaptation

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Flooding from rising sea levels has plagued Charleston for years, and is getting increasingly worse. Cities from Fort Collins to New York to Austin and–most recently–to Portland, have been commended for their forward-thinking climate adaptation, or resiliency, plans. Charleston’s location makes it very vulnerable to sea level rise and severe storms, and we need a long term plan to adapt to these threats. We asked the candidates: What is your vision for…

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Swamp canaries, swamped roads, better entrances, baby fish and baby gorillas

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Folks, Last week’s turbulent weather, with more than six inches of rainfall in one day, followed by days of violent lightening storms, makes the story of Long Shot seem even more miraculous. Long Shot, as Bo Petersen reports in the Post and Courier, is not a space capsule, or even Charleston’s acclaimed long distance swimmer, Kathleen Wilson, (who is swimming 24 miles from Trinidad to Tobago, as I write this post). Long Shot is…

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Orchids, bicycles and Treemageddon on the Coffin Corridor.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Folks, This is a great time to explore the longleaf pine forests of the Lowcountry. Orange-fringed orchids, hooded pitcher plants, Marshallia grandifolia and other fall wildflowers are blooming. Mosquitos are taking a break. Birds are beginning to migrate. The temperature is delightful. Things couldn’t be more perfect. The best place to admire these native forests — among the most biologically diverse and the most threatened in North America — is the Francis Marion National Forest.

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Don’t Let Santee Cooper Block Solar!

Monday, August 24, 2015

As other South Carolina utilities are improving customer access to our abundant solar resource, Santee Cooper has proposed adoption of punitive rates for customers that want to produce some of their own power. If adopted, the proposal would represent one of the most aggressive anti-solar policies in the country and run counter to the pro-solar policies offered by SCE&G, Duke Energy, and most of the SC electric cooperatives. Take a moment to submit…

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Bridging the Ashley

Monday, August 24, 2015

“Ill-advised and absolutely stupid.” That is one of the comments from someone posting about the conversion of one lane on the Ashley River Bridge for the use of pedestrians and people on bikes. My first reaction upon reading it was to wince, and then I instinctively touched the heart-shaped scar on my knuckle. I’ve been commuting over the sidewalk of the westbound Ashley River Bridge for practically a decade now. I’ve…

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