“James Smith has done more for environmental protection and citizens’ rights to protect South Carolina’s natural wonders than any other lawmaker in the history of this Chapter’s work in this state.”

–Susan Corbett, South Carolina Sierra Club

Protecting our Shores:
James understands the importance of our 19-billion dollar tourism industry, and will fight tooth-and-nail to block offshore drilling and exploration off our coast. “Our coastline is our treasure, a magnet to visitors and businesses drawn to our beaches, inlets and ports,” he says. “It’s hard to imagine a greater threat to our state’s economy than drilling off our beaches.”

Clean Rivers:
James has been committed to protecting South Carolina’s waterways from pollution and depletion for his entire legislative career. He has co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would tighten rules governing large water withdrawals by mega-farms. The plan would require mega-farms withdrawing 3 million gallons or more a month to get permits, just as industries now do.

Renewable Energy:
In the Legislature, James and Mandy champion legislation that would expand solar and wind energy in the Palmetto State. He is the prime sponsor of the bipartisan bill that would lift the cap on solar power. Once elected, they will push ahead with their comprehensive, 21st-century energy policy for South Carolina, one that strengthens our state with more and better jobs and lower costs for consumers. And they will protect ratepayers against the bullying greed of the big utilities.

Because of these positions and others, James has been enthusiastically endorsed by the South Carolina Sierra Club. It was the first time in its history that the club had endorsed a gubernatorial candidate BEFORE the primary election.

“James Smith has done more for environmental protection and citizens’ rights to protect South Carolina’s natural wonders than any other lawmaker in the history of this Chapter’s work in this state,” said Susan Corbett, current chapter vice chair and former longtime chairwoman. “It’s not just his work to advance renewable energy, protect ratepayers, promote enforceable water standards and oppose offshore drilling; it’s his work on the ground which he has done day-in and day-out to stop tremendously bad legislation from being enacted throughout the years that also matters.”

James was also endorsed – before the primary – by the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

Also this year, the Environmental Education Association of S.C. named him Legislator of the Year.