The coming weeks will determine if San Antonio pulls off a sustainability leap into international prominence or chokes on the weight of its own fears.
Despite myself, I am a product of white privilege. Let’s just put that out there. As such, I know that even in this remarkable age of our celebrated Obama presidency that if I can put on a clean shirt, show up and smile, and nine times out of ten my voiceless skin is working in my favor.
Sometimes changing the world really does mean just showing up. Popcorn is optional.
I am a child of the Doom Generation. Or perhaps a precursor to it. Raised on Mutually Assured Destruction and flowering on a diet of Global Warming, I am one of those whose core is programmed, who finds himself agreeing (as Laurence Joseph writes in Apocalypse 2012) “Armageddon just feels like it’s meant to be.”
A friend who knows I throw up my personal stats, associations, and political colors on Facebook suggested I check out this YouTube video, where a sedated-sounding narrator challenges our comfort level with hoisting such personal gargantua and minutia online.
As my story on energy, climate, and misery winds its way to the printers this week, I am stung by how many things keep getting worse. The pace of carbon dioxide emissions increasing over last decade’s; scientists slack-jawed at the potential carbon-fueled demise of our oceans, and the son-of-a-Bush that just won’t quit his apparent pact to run the living earth into the ground for the sake of profits.
While Iran brays against the extension of nuclear trade between the United States and India, voices elsewhere, including the United Arab Emirates have been more encouraging. UAE leaders have reasons to cheer – perhaps chief among them is the hope that proliferation of such trade suggests their own nuclear-power ambitions will be welcomed by the international community as well.
All eyes in Texas are on Ike. Wonderment being expressed about the sheer size of this sucker. Questions about the potential storm surge, force of winds, and damages in refinery row as the storm clicks toward midnight. Some are also watching the nuclear plant on the coast in Matagorda County. Others – like me – can’t help but wonder about the potential imminent collapse of our universe.
While I don’t consider myself “anti-zoo,” I have ideas about what such an institution should look like. It’s not the SA Zoo. It’s not Woburn Wild Animal Kingdom. Is it New Orleans’ “frozen zoo?”
My buddy Karl gets inquisitive and finds the renewable armada is “more than ready.”
There are already enough people arguing about global warming policy. It wouldn’t help for the State Climatologist to step into the fray. He’s too valuable a researcher. Apparently.
We could save the planet the nice way, by way of conservation and non-deadly renewables. Or we could just go on rampaging as we always have.
David Crane of NRG Energy (San Antonio utility’s partner in two proposed nukes plants in Matagorda County) wants to let the rampage continue, and says nuclear is just the enabling tool we need.
It seems an appropriate time and place to be recording my dream of roots, post Independence Day, writing on my father’s computer. The dream was one of those that takes […]
Just as I was beginning to enjoy Wired again, they pulled a horrendous bait-and-switch with one of those overdone “everything you thought you knew about environmentalism is wrong” feature assemblage of featurettes. Stark reverse text is scrawled over a safety orange and lime cover.
The aerial evidence of our place on the planet is not always obvious outside Google maps, but once the planet turns her back on the Light our dominant strain becomes painfully obvious from space.
The United Nations has launched a hip new ad in three languages encouraging young people to wash their jeans less and swear off the dryer and iron for the sun […]
I’m haunted by the future that should have been. A century ago, the scientific mindset predicted an age of prosperity and peace. Then a bullet for Archduke Ferdinand sent Europe […]
brevemente… it’s shark week on discovery channel and they’re throwing my friend wendee into the deep (with a keypad, apparently). the indigenous alliance sans borders that has been so supportive […]
Public relations flacks and advertorial assassins have been all over the board lately: enacting paid word-of-mouth ad campaigns (wherein the newspaper adage, “If your mother says she loves you, check […]
I suspect it’s getting lonlier being Milton Lee. It wasn’t just the empty chairs reserved for CPS board and citizens advisory members on either side of the CPS general manager […]
The radioactive waste contamination we know about won’t be cleaned up for several more decades because of Bush Administration budget shortfalls, Texas is gallumping along the path to opening a […]
I was, as they say, bottle-fed. Whether the reasons for this are nestled in the broad cosmology of early ’70s feminist body liberation think or in my own distractible nature, […]
Wired Magazine has fun this issue resurrecting the “bizarre” beasts of yore. As much as I enjoyed pawing my way through dinosaur books as a kid, I can recognize how […]
No. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a car with this woman for any typical West Texas jaunt. Not that she has an annoying pitch (she doesn’t). She looks […]
Dat der Monbiot review I posted Way Back on December 2 is now expanded, refined, degarblized, with twice the cynicism… find it at the Internet Review of Books.
Thanks to increasing reliability of climate modeling following decades of refinement, climatologists are finally coming out with regionally-specific forecasts on the anticipated impact of Global Warming. Central to this effort […]
It doesn’t show a lot as far as Earth’s processes go, the transpiration, constant innovation. But if you take a few minutes to watch Breathing Earth (blogroll, left), you can […]