elephants, efficiency, and san anto

San Antonio leaders are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their stimulus request now. Concurrently, San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger has a lot of (admittedly) late-coming, but eco-sensical stuff he wants to see the city tackle in the near future: city-spanning efficiency retrofits, in-fill development along the San Antonio River, and the Holy Grail of public transport, light rail.

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how green was your vote?

So now that the numbers are in and we’ve got a fresh crop of dandies to feed into the national rule-making machine, perhaps you’re wondering what it all means for a livable planet? Will we finally take the lead on the world stage and make climate change a priority? Invest in clean, renewable power? Foster a green-sector jobs boom and and tease forth vibrant and healthy communities (with liberty and justice for all)?

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chicago march & mountain boom

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.

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nuke fight whack-a-moley

The ad is scare-your-pants-off serious. I don’t know what the budget for the campaign sits at or where this sucker ran, but it certainly was on par — or approaching parity with — those fullpage “filthy coal” ads that preceded the Guv Perry ass-kicking protests that shot down coal-plant fast-tracking in the state. Will we ever see the same come from the anti-nuking efforts of a rapidly coalescing assortment of regional critics?

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czar palin, crude nuke, & deceit

I’ve been picking up a new book my sis sent down from Denver post-convention. It’s about energy. More specifically, it’s a hyper-annotated challenge to these isolationist chanters enervating over energy “independence” who have have grown so pervasive of late. It’ll likely be one of those great love-hate reads that pushes me to grouse, kvetch, and argue into some new realizations.

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a new custard universe

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.

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border wall damages

‘Member all those federal rules Chertoff trampled to get Border Wall construction on track? Water, land, animals, native graves, etc. — all shrugged off with Congressionally mandated powers granted the Homeland Security Czar under the Real ID Act.

As South Texas wall portions are going up, and residents there are still trying to muck out from recent storms, the news from the Arizona portion of the wall isn’t good.

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bio-lab boosterousness

day after I called our local paper down on the carpet for failing to ask more challenging questions about Homeland Security’s planned bioterror research goliath, the San Antonio Express-News’ top policy-recommenderers stumped for the National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility again — as if this increasingly competitive process were as simple of cheering for your kids’ high school football team.

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don’t flip that switch!

This is the week my second major story on CPS hit the street. When I took them on a year ago the challenge was tied to climate security concerns: The promises of decentralization and pitfalls of nuke overlooks. My split with CPS Energy plans was based on economic argument and generation-scale health and safety issues.

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pimpin’ perry

Rick Perry traveled to Los Angeles to lay out his energy plan for Texas. I’m just amazed. Not that Perry — along with Governors across the windy Plains states — see the bonanza to be had in wind energy (or that they continue to give short shrift to sun), but that the only counterpoint offered to Perry’s pimping for more nuclear investment came from our dear Karen Hadden up at SEED. I guess our girl has finally arrived (or Smitty was busy).

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leatherbackup?

A young endangered sperm whale had been either bled to death or sent off with a handful of tranquilizers on Mustang Island after stranding there Tuesday. Reports between print and TV media also differed on the reasoning for not returning the 8-ton mammal to the Gulf. One said it was too big. The other said too sick.

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coleman & co.

Lord knows, I have paid my dues arguing climate science with entrenched and avowed deniers of human-induced climate change, or this here global warming. This past week I got tangled in another thread where the host raised the spectre of climate change but tried to keep the course of conversation on his topic of choice, chiefly the need to go nuclear.

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