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SOUTH CAROLINA CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the South Carolina Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in South Carolina: nearly 30,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in South Carolina: over 4,500
  • Number of solar jobs in South Carolina: nearly 3,000
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in South Carolina: over 77,000
  • Number of solar businesses in South Carolina: 80
  • Number of South Carolinians working in clean energy transmission, distribution and storage: nearly 15,000
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in South Carolina: up to 1,000
  • Number of active wind manufacturing facilities in South Carolina: 15

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of South Carolinians at risk of coastal flooding today: 229,000
    • Number of additional South Carolinians projected to be at risk due to sea level rise by 2050: 56,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in South Carolina from 2007-2016: 18
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in South Carolina in 2017: 4
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in South Carolina: nearly 10,000
  • Number of floods in Charleston, South Carolina from 2005-2014: 219

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of South Carolinians that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 66%
  • Percentage of South Carolinians that believe climate change was caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 53%
  • Percentage of South Carolinians worried about climate change: 56%
  • Percentage of South Carolinians who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 67%