President Obama emphasizes climate legacy in SOTU, but will he earn it?

Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, which strongly emphasized the role he hopes that having acted on climate change and spurring the clean energy economy will play in his legacy.

400+ SC Businesses Call on Gov. Haley to Stop Atlantic Offshore Drilling

More than 400 South Carolina businesses delivered a letter to Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday, asking her to call for the removal of all waters off South Carolina’s coast from consideration for offshore drilling. The letter was delivered to her office in the state capitol by a handful of small business owners, and was received [...]

South Carolina Citizens Say No Offshore Drilling

An overflow crowd of more than 300 coastal South Carolinian citizens gathered at Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday night to stand up to protect the coast from offshore drilling. The event served as the official launch of a new grassroots citizens group, called Don’t Drill SC-Lowcountry. Don’t Drill SC-Lowcountry describes themselves as “a [...]

As California Goes (with oil spills), So Goes the Nation?

Although desirable when speaking about solar energy deployment, or adoption of smart meters, the maxim “As California Goes, So Goes the Nation” is not the aspiration when it comes to offshore oil drilling and its inevitable spills and economic and ecological impacts. On Wednesday a state of emergency was declared in California as an oil [...]

Wave of South Carolina Communities Opposes Offshore Drilling

Last night, two more South Carolina bodies of government–the City of Columbia and Charleston County–went on the record against offshore drilling and seismic testing by passing resolutions of opposition. Both Councils passed the resolutions unanimously. The Town of McClellanville passed a similar resolution Monday night. The passage of this week’s resolutions is a trend confirming how [...]

Congressman Sanford Stands With the Coast, Rejects Offshore Drillling This Morning

This morning, Congressman Mark Sanford hosted a press conference where he clearly announced firm opposition to offshore drilling and exploration for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast, thus aligning  with the sentiment of local coastal communities. Sanford expressed that the cost of the industry outweighs its potential benefits and that it is not a fitting industry [...]

Could States Benefit From Revenue Sharing in the Atlantic?

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and in the lead up to Hands Across the Sand on May 16, SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting some of the issues that Atlantic coastal communities may face in the process of the U.S. Department of Interior’s misguided attempt to open the Atlantic [...]

Obama to Sell America’s Offshore Areas to Queen of England

The Executive Order is widely seen as a boon to the United States’ offshore wind energy industry. The Obama Administration approved the nation’s first offshore wind farm, the Cape Wind project, off Massachusetts in 2008; however, the project has stalled. Clark Kent, White House spokesman, stated that, “The Crown Estate – which manages the entire seabed around the United Kingdom out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit, has a rigorous offshore wind energy development policy that could quickly be harmonized with the United States OCS area.” He noted that offshore wind farms already provide more than 3% of the United Kingdom’s electricity. The Executive Order would also eliminate the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the federal agency in charge of managing all federal waters offshore. “Some may be opposed to the sale and the disbandment of BOEM, but it’s not like we had an effective offshore wind energy policy anyway. We figure, let’s let the Brits have a go at it,” said Kent.

Charleston, SC Says No To Offshore Drilling and Seismic Testing

Last night, the City Council of Charleston, South Carolina passed a resolution to oppose offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic. The resolution is timely as the U.S. Department of Interior has recently proposed opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling and is seeking comments on the proposal until Tuesday, March 30. Charleston’s resolution will [...]

Sign Up Today to Protect Our Coast from Offshore Drilling

Today, registration officially opens for the 6th annual Hands Across the Sand, taking place this year on Saturday, May 16. Hands Across the Sand is the annual grassroots day of action in which communities all around the globe gather at a local beach or other treasured place and join hands to protect these treasured places [...]