Palm Fred 
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Re: “A healthy ocean in 2050? We need to act now.

Offshore is all he has.
He's a one trick pony
One trick is all that horse can do
he does one trick only
It's the principal source of his revenue
And when he steps into the spotlight
You can feel the heat of his heart
Come rising through
See how he dances
See how he loops from side to side
See how he prances
The way his hooves just seem to glide
He's just a one trick pony (that's all he is)
....Paul Simon, Song writer

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Posted by Palm Fred on November 8, 2019 at 10:02 AM

Re: “South Carolina needs to step up to address climate change

The energy shift to solar and electric autos can make a big bang quickly.

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Posted by Palm Fred on September 20, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Sea levels are rising faster than anticipated; S.C. female lawmakers push for pay equality

Here is another one that says raising the estimates is the trend line.…

Posted by Palm Fred on March 28, 2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Tecklenburg lays out plans to harness floodwaters as McMaster focuses on state schools

Flood protection and the I-526X connect in our pockets and pocketbooks. The $300 million plus interest and fees taken from all the county taxpayers for the I-526X that the Charleston County Council (Supported by Mayor Tecklenburg whom hopes to see a road he does not need to add to his budget that his residents will nevertheless pay for.) proposes to add to the states fixed and capped contribution of $420 million is too risky because it ignores ubiquitous and all to undeniable conflicting flooding needs that are unaddressed, costly and inducing greater financial risk to the county as its consequence. Answering both highway and flood related needs along with the countys remaining capital program, needs to be considered in a common frame for a decade owing to the magnitude of funds that will be needed to 2030. (The I-526X build out period.)

It is highly unlikely that there are sufficient resources in the county to fund both I-526X and flooding needs simultaneously, unless we put the entire capital program for the next decade on a well-specified footing. Had either Hurricane Florence or Mathew struck Charleston recently with its full force, we would not be considering this highway; as a portion of the tax base would be missing and funding would be directed at recovery. Not to worry is a luxury we do not have. So is ignoring the high-water protection needs of our community concurrent with this highway decision. The council majority will need to understand and respond to the flood threats; instead of just focusing on a single highway to the exclusion of all the other current clamoring and emerging future needs; that this single large highway investment will not address and if approved, will crowd them out and render them infeasible.

If in the end we will invest in I-526X and flood infrastructure with equal magnitude, then considering both in the same financial plan framework to 2030 is needed to reduce the total investment and tax burden to Charleston taxpayers as both programs are large. If there is a choice will it be life here or an insignificant reduction in travel time; until the waters impacts more of our life style? Otherwise, we have wasted valuable resources. If we are not going to invest substantially in flood protection, then that policy needs to be disclosed and made explicit; that retreat is in the main thrust of our long-term strategy and confirmed by a paltry investment in flood protection.

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Posted by Palm Fred on February 1, 2019 at 8:21 AM
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