Gov. Nikki Haley received a "D" grade for what the the Conservation Voters of South Carolina said Thursday was her lack of attention to protecting the state's natural resources.
“Gov. Haley’s failure to embrace conservation threatens the things about South Carolina that make us want to live, work and play here,” CVSC Executive Director Ann Timberlake said in a statement.
The advocacy group said in its first report card for the governor that Haley fumbled in four areas: protecting natural resources, energizing the economy, defending health and leading for the future.
Haley, a Lexington Republican, is seeking re-election this year.
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"Why doesn’t she call for protecting our iconic Edisto River?" Conservation Voters said in a news release. "Gov. Haley ignores the value of the natural resources that drive our economy. Why doesn’t she back free market solutions like solar leasing that would energize our economy and help folks lower their energy bills? Governor fails to make the health of our people and our environment a priority. Why does she not stand up to the out-of-state trash companies?"
Haley has balanced both growing the state's economy and protecting the environment, her office said.
"That might not be good enough for the environmental activist community, but it’s the right policy for the people and jobs of our state,” Haley spokesman Doug Mayer said.