#CharlestonAgenda: SC Republicans for Clean Energy, Clemson Blue Cheese Scores, Bass Pro Shop Mystery, Lowes Foods Coming to CHS, Man Sues Business for Boss' Flatulence
Mar 27, 2019 12:29PM
By Chris Haire
The newly formed group Conservatives for Clean Energy SC has released a poll showing strong state Republican support for clean energy: According to the poll, potential general election voters in the Palmetto State lean red, with President Donald Trump showing a 12-point lead over any Democratic candidate in the 2022 campaign, while 55% said they would vote for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham if an election was held today.
For many this will not come as a surprise. But what they may find surprising is just how strongly South Carolina Republicans support clean energy, based upon Conservatives for Clean Energy SC's findings.
According to the poll from the clean energy activist group, "72% of SC Republicans support the development of clean energy," while "62% of SC respondents oppose drilling off our coast."
“Our survey confirms that state conservatives not only support clean energy, they strongly support developing more renewable energy sources like solar and wind," says Luke Byars, Conservatives for Clean Energy SC adviser and longtime state political consultant, in a statement. "Clearly, there’s no denying the growing strength of clean energy in South Carolina any longer.”
Byars is not the only long-time Palmetto State conservative to adopt a more enviro-friendly stance. Former Upstate Congressman Bob Inglis founded the conservative climate change think tank RepublicEn in 2012. A strong believer that climate change is real and it's caused by human behavior, Inglis lost his Congressional seat in 2010 largely because of his views. Since then, he's become a trailblazer among Republicans.***
(Don't take our word for it: two of America's star chefs -- Sean Brock and Edward Lee -- have both featured Clemson Blue on their menus.)
Today, Clemson Blue is in the spotlight once again: the cheese just placed fourth in the blue-veined category at the U.S Championship Cheese Contest, where it scored 97.05 out of a possible 100, beating out 15 other blues and placing a mere 0.65 points behind the winner.
“We’ve entered our blue cheese in contests before, but this is the highest we’ve ever placed,” said Clemson master cheesemaker Anthony Pounders in a statement. “We’re extremely proud.”
“Once we decided we were going to enter the contest, we had to have a name,” said Pounders,. “The name couldn’t identify where the cheese came from. Because we couldn’t enter our cheese as Clemson Mild Blue Cheese, we decided to call it Amick’s Choice in memory of Clemson board of trustees member Bill Amick.”
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