State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Environment


Joe Cunningham: Great American Outdoors Act sets funding for public land

President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act, a measure that guarantees maximum annual funding for a federal program to acquire and preserve land for public use. The act, which allocates $900 million a year to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and provides up to $9.5 billion over five years to begin clearing up a maintenance backlog at national parks, was approved on a 310-to-107 vote in the House. It was introduced by Representative Joe Cunningham.
Source: New York Times on 2022 South Carolina Gubernatorial Race Aug 4, 2020

Nancy Mace: Don't rebuild banned sea wall for gated community

Charleston Post and Courier analysis of H 3700, May 15, 2019: Gov. McMaster has vetoed a bill that would have given a gated beach community special permission to rebuild a sea wall erected before the state banned them. DeBordieu Colony, a wealthy enclave in Georgetown County, had tried several workarounds to reconstruct a timber bulkhead built in 1982, but its efforts have been beat back by challenges from environmentalists.

Veto message: Where the State has worked for several years to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework to protect our shared coastal resources, it would be unwise to hastily enact a special exception to the Beachfront Management Act. I oppose a practice that is tantamount to enacting local or special legislation, prohibited by our constitution.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 34-3-5 on 5/5/19; Vetoed on 5/15/19; House Sustained Veto 60-43-19, Roll Call #698 on 5/20; State Rep. Nancy Mace voted NO (sustaining veto).

Source: Post and Courier on South Carolina H 3700 voting records May 20, 2019

Henry McMaster: Vetoed bill to rebuild banned sea wall for gated community

Charleston Post and Courier analysis of H 3700, May 15, 2019: Gov. McMaster has vetoed a bill that would have given a gated beach community special permission to rebuild a sea wall erected before the state banned them. DeBordieu Colony, a wealthy enclave in Georgetown County, had tried several workarounds to reconstruct a timber bulkhead built in 1982, but its efforts have been beat back by challenges from environmentalists.

Veto message: Where the State has worked for several years to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework to protect our shared coastal resources, it would be unwise to hastily enact a special exception to the Beachfront Management Act. I oppose a practice that is tantamount to enacting local or special legislation, prohibited by our constitution.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 34-3-5, Roll Call #404 on 5/5/19; Vetoed on 5/15/19; House Sustained Veto 60-43-19, Roll Call #698 on 5/20.

Source: Post and Courier on South Carolina H 3700 voting records May 15, 2019

Henry McMaster: Oppose drilling and seismic testing along our coast

We cannot take for granted our precious natural resources which define and sustain us, from the mountains to the sea. Our economy and culture depend on a living, pristine coastline. Every municipality along our coast has voted to oppose drilling and seismic testing. They are right.

We must do whatever it takes to preserve this economic paradise we call "the beach, the marsh, the coast and the lowcountry." It is made of gold.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 24, 2018

Thomas Dixon: Make sure our planet is habitable for future generations

Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website DixonForSC.com Aug 31, 2016

Donald Trump: Eminent domain is something you need very strongly

Q: You say you don't agree with all conservative ideas; which ones don't you agree with?

TRUMP: Well, I think these people always hit me with eminent domain, and frankly, I'm not in love with eminent domain. But eminent domain is something you need very strongly. When Jeb Bush said, "You used eminent domain privately for a parking lot." It wasn't for a parking lot. The state of New Jersey went to build a very large tower that was going to employ thousands of people--a big job in terms of economic development. I got hit very hard: it's private, it's private eminent domain. You understand that [Jeb and George Bush] took over a stadium in Texas, and they used private eminent domain.

BUSH: You should not use eminent domain for private purposes. A baseball stadium or a parking lot.is very different. All of that is proper use of eminent domain. Not to take an elderly woman's home to build a parking lot so that high-rollers can come from New York City to build casinos in Atlantic City.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Jeb Bush: Eminent domain should not be used for private purposes

Donald TRUMP [to Bush]: These people always hit me with eminent domain, and frankly, I'm not in love with eminent domain. But eminent domain is something you need very strongly. When Jeb Bush said, "You used eminent domain privately for a parking lot." It wasn't for a parking lot. The state of New Jersey went to build a very large tower that was going to employ thousands of people--a big job in terms of economic development. You understand that [Jeb and George Bush] took over a stadium in Texas, & they used private eminent domain.

BUSH: There is all sorts of intrigue about where I disagree with my brother, there would be one right there. You should not use eminent domain for private purposes. A baseball stadium or a parking lot.is very different. Transmission lines, pipe lines, bridges, and highways. All of that is proper use of eminent domain. Not to take an elderly woman's home to build a parking lot so that high-rollers can come from New York City to build casinos in Atlantic City.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Lindsey Graham: Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new "green" regulations for all American-owned trucks. Diesel engines, which for 100 years had been powerful, durable, and efficient, would now be "fixed" by bureaucrats. The EPA and Department of Justice sued seven diesel engine manufacturers, and forced them to pay civil penalties of $83.4 million. They also had to agree to spend over $850 million to develop the new engines Washington wanted. These costs were passed right along to consumers.

A trade publication, Fleet Owner, tallied the costs: "About $1,800 to $3,000 was added to the base cost of a Class 8 truck [any vehicle above 33,000lb GVWR] in 2002 to meet the first round of emissions regulations. For 2007, an extra $5,000 to $10,000 got tacked on." By 2010, that meant roughly $13,500 to $23,000 extra per truck to satisfy the bureaucrats.

As a result of the new rules, fleet maintenance costs increased an extra $367 on average per truck, per year. And that's when the truck was new.

Source: Lee Bright OpEd on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jan 1, 2014

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