I’m writing in response to the Charleston Chronicle’s January 17th article, “Santee Cooper Sale Should Be a 2020 Legislative Priority, Says Gullah Geechee Chamber.” Thank you for covering this issue, which is very important to me. I’m glad that the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution for 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
In addition to urging the state Senate to follow suit, what I want to see most is real accountability. As a student at the College of Charleston, I have been educated on the environmental threats caused by humans. Clean energy is key to eliminating many of these threats, and expanding clean energy in South Carolina starts with converting Santee Cooper to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Not only would this shift reduce emissions and pollution that affect our air and water quality, but it would also create new jobs and economic growth.
With taxpayers on the hook for the $9 billion failed nuclear plant project, Santee Cooper’s transition to a 100 percent clean, cost-effective energy mix should be priority number one for our elected officials.