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Cool Tool: Figure How Hot Your City Got in 2015

Cool Tool: Figure How Hot Your City Got in 2015
If 2015 was the hottest year globally on record, what did that mean for your city? The New York Times, using weather data from AccuWeather, has given us an easy to use tool to find out (well as long as you live in one of 3,116 cities data is available). So how did we do in Columbia, SC? In 2015 we were 4.0 degrees above average. Charleston, SC, was 3.4 degrees above normal as was Greenville, SC.
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Small Biz Owner Says: Increase the Minimum Wage

Small Biz Owner Says: Increase the Minimum Wage
While many small businesses see this as a complex topic, the National Restaurant Association (the other NRA) primarily lobbies for fast food chains across the country to block minimum wage increases and also works against laws for earned paid sick leave or other benefits.
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Ticking Clocks and Bombs: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon

Ticking Clocks and Bombs: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon
There are strong rumors that President Obama will soon announce his decision, possibly within days or by the end of August, on the Keystone XL pipeline. He will either throw his support to the private Canadian oil company that wants to build the pipeline into our country to send the dirtiest, high-carbon oil from the tar sands region of western Canada all the way to our Gulf for processing. Or the President will stand for what is in the best interest of America’s future.
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Planning for Infrastructure Within a Climate and Rising Seas Context

Planning for Infrastructure Within a Climate and Rising Seas Context
This evening the Beaufort/Port Royal Sea Level Rise Task Force will make a presentation to Beaufort City Council’s work session. The task force, which the South Carolina Small Business Chamber helped to convene and was not formerly established by either government, has been meeting since late last year preparing to assess the threat of rising seas to these municipalities and to make recommendations as to how the communities can be more resilient. Tonight’s presentation will be an update for the Council. The presentation to the Port Royal Council will be tomorrow evening.
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What Tobacco Can Teach us About Climate Change Policy

What Tobacco Can Teach us About Climate Change Policy
As we know now, the scientific evidence on the relationship between tobacco and lung cancer is incontrovertible. In the years since 1966, many restrictions on tobacco use have been promulgated, through legislation, regulation and litigation. Now we have another issue where the scientific consensus is nearly universal but the political consensus (supported by a few modern Dr. Rappaports) is clearly not. - See more at: http://thecontributor.com/what-can-tobacco-teach-us-about-climate-change...
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Report: Offshore Wind Equals 3x More Jobs and 9x More Energy than Drilling Offshore South Carolina

Report: Offshore Wind Equals 3x More Jobs and 9x More Energy than Drilling Offshore South Carolina
Oceana released a new report today that finds offshore wind would produce over three times more jobs and nearly nine times as much energy as offshore drilling off South Carolina’s Atlantic coast.
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Keystone XL Pipeline: Canadian Profits - American Pollution

Keystone XL Pipeline: Canadian Profits - American Pollution
Drillers around the world have already begun to trim exploration budgets and delay new projects as a result of low prices, but production from existing fields will continue and keep supplies high.
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Action Alert!!! Call Senators Graham and Scott NOW!

Congratulations to five of our 7 U.S. House members for opposing the government-funding bill that barely passed the House late yesterday.  They were Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Tom Rice and Mark Sanford.
Buried in the 1600+ page bill is a provision to once again put the American taxpayer on the hook for bailing out big banks that gamble with their depositors’ money.
It is exactly this kind of big-bank bad behavior that led to the Great Recession and then the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank Act that made the greedy big banks move their risky betting out of
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Against the Trend: Oil's Loss is Solar's Gain

Against the Trend: Oil's Loss is Solar's Gain
Usually gas prices falling are a bad thing for solar, pricing the renewable source way above the old standby. But a funny thing has happened: technological efficiencies have made solar just about comparable, regardless.
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South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce Endorses $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage

South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce Endorses $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage
South Carolina's Small Business Chamber of Commerce has now publicly advocated for a federal minimum wage increase, to $10.10. South Carolina has no state mandate on the minimum wage, meaning that only a federal increase would benefit the state's workers in the near term.
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