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NEWS BRIEFS: On Amazon’s sales taxes; Legislators opposed to offshore drilling

NEWS BRIEFS: On Amazon’s sales taxes; Legislators opposed to offshore drilling

Staff reports | Amazon didn’t have to worry about paying taxes on South Carolina sales for five years thanks to the blessing of lawmakers of a controversial incentive package.  It allowed the retailer to escape state sales taxes until 2016. But when the online giant started collecting, South Carolina says Amazon came up short — about $12 million short in the first quarter of 2016. Also inside:

* A bipartisan group of 32 state legislators this month sent a sharply-worded letter opposing efforts to open offshore drilling and exploration for oil and gas along the Atlantic coast.

by · 08/17/2017 · News, News briefs
An oil drilling platform off of the California coast.

KNAPP: Time running out to protect the Atlantic Coast

By Frank Knapp Jr.  |  President Trump recently proclaimed that his administration is seeking “American energy dominance.”  The reality is we’re already there.

The United States produces more natural gas and oil than any other nation.  We do import about 25 percent of our oil needs, mostly from Canada and Mexico.  However, that’s only because we export about one million gallons a week of the type of domestically-produced oil we don’t want.  The U.S. is beholding to no other country for our energy security.

If these facts come as a surprise to you, then you are ripe for being deceived by those who want to use air gun blasting to explore for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast. 

A National Park Service volunteer examines a beached pilot whale in the Florida Everglades.  While the cause of the whale’s death in 2013 was unclear, the photo resembles strandings in New Zealand at the end of 2016.  Photo via Wikipedia.

KNAPP: The truth about seismic testing

By Frank Knapp Jr., special to Statehouse Report | Here is a political axiom: If you say an untruth often enough, loud enough and that untruth is never rebutted with the same intensity, the public and government officials eventually believe it.

This is the political axiom that the proponents of seismic testing for offshore oil rely upon when trying to counter the overwhelming Atlantic Coast public opposition to this destructive exploration process.

Last Friday, the Obama Administration’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management denied all seismic testing permits for oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast. Local coastal businesses, governments, environmental organizations and citizen groups were overjoyed.

by · 01/11/2017 · Commentary, My Turn
12/18 issue:  GOP’s flag problem, investing surplus, more

12/18 issue: GOP’s flag problem, investing surplus, more

In the Dec. 18, 2015, issue of Statehouse Report:
PHOTO: New license plate
NEWS: Flag still a problem for S.C. GOP
PALMETTO POLITICS: Don’t Drill lobby puts pressure on Haley
TALLY SHEET: Pre-filed bills go from dam fund to Viagra
COMMENTARY: Time to make smart investments with robust economy
SPOTLIGHT: SouthernCarolina Alliance
FEEDBACK: Send your comments in today
SCORECARD: Thumbs up for Berkeley leadership, down for Wilson
NUMBER: $1 million
QUOTE: On a flag and a princess
S.C. ENCYCLOPEDIA: Spanish moss

by · 12/18/2015 · Full Issue
BRIEF: Don’t Drill lobby puts pressure on Haley

BRIEF: Don’t Drill lobby puts pressure on Haley

Gov. Nikki Haley is under increasing pressure to come out against drilling or testing for oil and natural gas off the South Carolina coast.

15.1218.dontdrill“There is one person who can save the jobs on our coast,” said Conservation Voters of South Carolina Outreach Coordinator Sophie Halpin in an advocacy email. “Governor Haley can ask Washington to remove South Carolina from consideration for drilling. She can say that our pristine beaches and tourism jobs matter more than profits for Big Oil.”

by · 12/18/2015 · News briefs, Politics
SCORECARD: From Colbert to regulators

SCORECARD: From Colbert to regulators

Thumbs up for Stephen Colbert, Giving Day and Bob Inglis. Thumbs down for state regulators, a state agency and more.

by · 05/08/2015 · Features, Scorecard
This plastic bottle filled with oil washed up on a Florida beach after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010.

Davis: Offshore drilling not worth risk to S.C.

By Hamilton Davis | The Obama Administration this week released a draft proposal that would open areas off the South Carolina coast to oil and gas exploration and development. This proposal represents a fundamental threat to the people, wildlife and natural resources that exemplify the best of what makes South Carolina a special place to live and work.