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(NEW) 8/31: Can S.C. revolutionize its energy policy? by Mike Fitts, The (Columbia, S.C.) State:
"The book points out that electricity in the South generally is cheaper than it is nationally, but we still spend more on power — because we use, and waste, so much. Many of the book’s recommendations aren’t really radical: It envisions governments building more efficiently, and private business being encouraged to follow suit with incentives. "

" Surely, though, there's nothing wrong with religious groups wanting to do what they can to protect Alabama's environment and to use energy wisely."

-- David Prather, Huntsville (Ala.) Times

(NEW) 8/29: Taking a religious look at the environment, by David Prather, Huntsville (Ala.) Times:
The book-support tour was organized by a group called the Center for a Better South. It's a nonpartisan think tank out of Charleston, S.C. The environment is its big issue this year. Last year, it was (gasp!) taxes. I went to its Web site - www.bettersouth.org - and read its executive summary of its proposal to reform taxes in Southern states. ... Surely, though, there's nothing wrong with religious groups wanting to do what they can to protect Alabama's environment and to use energy wisely."

8/27: New book outlines South's environmental opportunities
Pageland (S.C.) Progressive Journal
"The new book, Getting Greener: Progressive Environmental Ideas for the American South, makes 15 substantive policy recommendations for state and local leaders to consider. It also suggests a dozen practical ideas that consumers can implement to make their lives greener without government action.

8/26: Book suggests it's time to reduce carbon footprint
Column by Jim Cato, Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette
"Brack said that the book is an important guide for Southerners because their "lawmakers have been timid about taking action to protect the environment. If they don't take action, those special places we have in the South will disappear."

"Many Southerners apparently share Scarlet O'Hara's view--"I'll think about that tomorrow"--but eventually the tomorrows run out."

-- The Free Lance-Star

8/24: Time to stop procrastinating
Editorial in The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
"It is in each Southern state's interest to set goals and sketch a roadmap for achieving them. The South is hot, and it seems will get only hotter. The South is a primary hurricane target, and the storms may be getting more fierce. The South has invested heavily in coastal development, and that makes it vulnerable to rising sea levels."

8/23: Alabama Christian Coalition backs Better South book
Associated Press via al.com
"On Thursday, Christian Coalition Chairman Randy Brinson played host to Andy Brack, president of the Center for a Better South, on his multistate tour to promote a book about environmental issues in the South. Brinson said the Christian Coalition of Alabama is trying to encourage discussion on a wider variety of issues affecting the quality of life and empowerment of Alabamians. “We’re here to support discussion and find a middle ground,” he said.

"We need to be thinking in those kinds of terms environmentally, 30, 40, 50 years from now what are the things that maybe are gonna look like a small investment up front but are gonna be a huge benefit for the state."

-- Author Eddy Moore

8/22: Book urges Arkansas to get greener
KARK TV, Little Rock, Ark.
"'We need to be thinking in those kinds of terms environmentally, 30, 40, 50 years from now what are the things that maybe are gonna look like a small investment up front but are gonna be a huge benefit for the state,' says book author Eddy Moore."

8/22: New book recommends ways to get greener (Listen: MP3 file)
KUAR radio, Little Rock, Ark.
"A new report from the Center for a Better South lists fifteen steps Arkansas and other southern states can take to become more environmentally friendly."

8/22: Arkansas author pushes for greener South
Springdale (Ark.) Morning News
"'If you look at a lot of the basic policies that would be beneficial, not just to the environment but just to people in their daily lives, that have been enacted by state legislatures around the country, there's kind of a hole in the South. A lot of those things haven't happened here yet.'" -- Getting Greener author Eddy Moore.

8/22: UCA's Hardin underscores green values at book unveiling
UCA Today
"In his welcome to South Carolina State Sen. Phil Leventis and Center for a Better South President Andy Brack, UCA President Lu Hardin underscored UCA's role as a leader on environmental issues and reiterated his commitment to keep the university on the cutting edge of technology and efficiency.
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"What's not to like? Putting money aside each year for preservation of significant land? Reducing carbon emissions? Clearer, cleaner air in general? Reduction in electricity use? Green building standards?"

-- Arkansas Times

8/22: Going green in Arkansas
Arkansas Times' Arkansas Blog
"The Center for a Better South rolled out a blueprint for a greener south at the University of Central Arkansas today and prez Lu Hardin was on hand for the traveling road show. ...What's not to like? Putting money aside each year for preservation of significant land? Reducing carbon emissions? Clearer, cleaner air in general? Reduction in electricity use? Green building standards?"

8/22: Can the South embrace environmentalism?
Columbia (S.C.) Free Times
"Published this month by the nonpartisan Center for a Better South, Getting Greener: Progressive Environmental Ideas for the American South presents policy ideas that have been implemented elsewhere in the country and explains how they could work in the South. Specifically, the book covers such issues as climate change, clean air standards, energy efficiency, conservation and environmental justice. "

8/21: New book suggests ways for Tennessee to become greener
WSMV TV4, Nashville, Tenn.
"State and local leaders are being called on to make Tennessee more environmentally friendly....The Center for a Better South unveiled a new book Tuesday full of new environmental ideas for Tennessee. The book contains 15 recommendations including creating a global warming leadership agency, adopting renewable energy standards, and requiring new and retrofitted buildings and schools to be built to green building standards. The book also has a dozen ways the public can become greener.

8/20: Arkansas conference on Wednesday to highlight new book
Arkansas Times' Arkansas Blog
"A Wednesday press conference in Conway at the University of Central Arkansas will draw several Arkansas conservationists: Glen Hooks, Associate Regional Representative for the Sierra Club; Rob Fisher, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Ecological Conservation Organization (www.ecoconservation.org); April Ambrose, Representative of the Arkansas Climate Awareness Project (www.arclimate.org), the Arkansas Environmental Education Association, and Executive Director and Board Chair of Arkansas Earth Day Foundation; and Cliff Beacham, representing Faulkner County Supporters of Sustainable Communities."

8/20: Environmental policy book to be released in Chapel Hill
The Daily Tarheel
The Center for a Better South will hold the first of 11 press conferences across the South at 10 a.m. today to unveil a new book of environmental ideas for Southern policymakers.

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