Offshore drilling will torpedo SC tourism. No one knows better about the importance of tourism to South Carolina than Beaufort County. The Beaufort City Council was the first local government in the state to publicly oppose the Obama Administration’s plans to drill off of our coast. Every coastal town and city in the state—everyone—followed suit.  Then-Governor Nikki Haley backed away from her initial support and, a year ago, the Obama administration excluded South Carolina, North […]

May 3, 2017 | Read More >

My Conservation Story While attending the University of South Carolina, I had the chance to explore this incredible state and see all that we had to protect. I was filled with awe at the many stunning sites of undisturbed nature across the state. I travelled abroad and wasn’t surprised to see that the values we hold here at home were mirrored there – maintaining our natural world and protecting the resources that sustain us. Upon returning to […]

May 2, 2017 | Read More >

CVSC Statement on Off-Shore Drilling Executive Order Conservation Voters of South Carolina’s Executive Director, John Tynan, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order that reopens the possibility of off-shore drilling in the Atlantic:  “Every coastal community in South Carolina and hundreds more up and down the east coast have made it clear they do not want off-shore drilling in the Atlantic. President Trump should listen to these voters and keep Atlantic […]

April 28, 2017 | Read More >

I grew up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio in a home surrounded by seemingly endless woods that I spent my days exploring. Each summer, I went to nature preserves and Boy Scout camps and learned firsthand how exciting and valuable our backyards can be. To me, everything was right in the world. As a teenager, I travelled to National Parks with my family and became an avid hiker and camper. I came to enjoy all types of outdoor sports […]

April 19, 2017 | Read More >

This morning Governor McMaster issued a statement expressing support for S.105, a bill which seeks to limit the automatic stay. CVSC and the conservation community have grave concerns about this bill. Under the guise of promoting economic development, the bill limits the ability of citizens to fully participate in the public decision-making process (read more about the bill here). Our government should be making it easier for them to have their voices heard – not harder. […]

April 13, 2017 | Read More >

Statement: CVSC Opposes President Trump’s Efforts to Rollback Off-Shore Drilling Protections Over the last two years, CVSC and it’s partners have engaged over 5,000 South Carolinians and several local municipalities to fight off-shore drilling in the Atlantic. That work was rewarded when President Obama removed the Atlantic from the federal five year drilling plan and thus protected our waters until 2022. Today we received word that President Trump is working on an Executive Order that […]

April 7, 2017 | Read More >

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been overwhelmed with your response to our calls to action for protecting the air, land, and water you love. But between the emails and phone calls that our conservation voters are making to their elected leaders, we keep getting asked “what else can I do?” That’s why we’re excited to announce CVSC’s 2017 Take Action Tour. Over the next 3 months, we are hosting events throughout the state to […]

March 4, 2017 | Read More >
John Tynan

We’ve been talking a lot about the automatic stay at the State House and in Rebecca’s weekly hotlist (see the latest here). Two bills being considered this week, S.105 and H.3565, seek to limit the use of the automatic stay. The automatic stay is an important part of the checks and balances in the permitting process. Because these bills seek to undermine these checks and balances, CVSC is opposed to S.105 and H.3565. Please join us in opposition […]

February 20, 2017 | Read More >
John Tynan

Rebecca’s weekly legislative Hotlist is now live and can be found here. As she notes, a number of anti-conservation bills are expected to have floor votes this week. I wanted to take a moment and highlight one of these bills a bit more and why it is particularly troubling.At Conservation Voters, we talk about about “the South Carolina we love.” Often, we use this in reference to our air, land, water, and energy resources. But the […]

February 6, 2017 | Read More >

Over the last several weeks, we have seen an outpouring of folks “showing up” all over the country. From rallies to calls and emails to state and local leaders, the response has been overwhelming. Now, more than ever, there is a need to build on this momentum and make sure we are taking care of things right here in South Carolina. There are a number of important issues related to protecting the air, land, and […]

February 3, 2017 | Read More >