TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRESERVING OUR ENVIRONMENT
Governor McMaster may bot be willing to say this, but I am: I believe in science and I believe in climate change. South Carolina has the opportunity to use our natural resources to be a global leader in the fight against climate change and invest in clean energy jobs of the future - and I will make sure we don't waste it.
Climate change is causing sea level rise which then causes flooding on our coast - particularly In the Lowcountry. Charleston continues to shatter records for tidal flood days; even on sunny days, downtown Charleston streets can flood.
Let's make it clear: climate change has the potential to destroy our economy. Our tourism economy is at risk due to rising tides and flooding and our agriculture economy is at risk due to increasing heat, more severe weather, and floods. These are our largest industries and we need bold climate plans to protect them.
We must also pledge to protect our coastline and our tourism economy and oppose offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting.
Finally, it's time to split up DHEC and make Environmental Protection it's own cabinet agency in South Carolina.