On Thursday, June 2, folks gathered across the state to take a stand against offshore drilling in South Carolina. Students from Clemson University, Winthrop University and University of South Carolina joined citizens who oppose drilling to send a message to the state's gubernatorial candidates.
Candidates are embracing offshore drilling to bring jobs to our state and "to do everything we can to make sure our country is independent," as Republican candidate Nikki Haley
said. Haley led Tuesday's primary with 49 percent of the votes and will run against Gresham Barrett
in the run-off election on June 22, who is also in support of exploring offshore drilling options.
On the other side, Democrat Vincent Sheheen
stood in support of the protesters at the State House steps in Columbia, S.C. "The science tells us there is not much potential for oil. It's not worth risking the tourism industry in the state; it's not worth risking the fragile resources in the state. That's been my position since before the spill occurred in Louisiana," Sheheen said in one report
. He is the only candidate against drilling off the coast of South Carolina.
Sheheen took the Democratic primary, and is the candidate endorsed by the Students for Environmental Action (SEA). Formerly a Clemson University organization (Students for Environmental Awareness), the group has become a non-profit organization separate from the university, enabling it to spread its reach.
Like the name suggests, SEA will be taking action to highlight the issue of clean energy in this gubernatorial election. Gabriel Fair, co-president of SEA wants to know: "Why can't our gubernatorial candidates help our state lead the nation in renewable energy?" As Fair discussed on the steps of Greenville City Hall, he wants the state to follow Clemson University's lead in clean energy investments. The Clemson University Restoration Institute and its collaborators secured $98 million to fund building and operating a large-scale wind turbine drive train testing facility, the Greenville News
Protesters on Thursday want to prevent the possibility of an environmental disaster like the Gulf oil spill from happening off the coast of South Carolina, but more importantly, they want the gubernatorial candidates to consider the future of our state.
If you will be voting in that June 22 run-off election, how does the fact that Sarah Palin
endorses Nikki Haley make you feel?