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.
Can we imagine Texas losing a fight to Kansas or Mississippi? Why, yes we can.
Also Ike-motivated this week, I was running a parody shop at the SA Current, with my impressions of the U.S. NRC’s damned-if-we-don’t approach to regulation and general defense running for the nuke industry.
Great to see Plum Island, the most secure location of six candidates according to Homeland Security, being played up for proposed massive germlab, the N-BAF. Finally, something like sanity surfacing.
Sixty-something days. For some, it can’t come fast enough. By “some,” we mean those losing land, liberty, and fraternity on La Frontera.
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)?
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.
Yeah, SurvivaBalls for all would be a challenge. Recognized. Doesn’t stop us from expecting sober-minded planning to keep state residents in “Energy City, USA” of all places from going for weeks without power (and coming a mite close to marching to lofty Austin, Texas for your head, sir).
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?
Foul air wasn’t my — or anyone else’s — paranoid imagination. As cities like San Antonio and Austin are now facing possible federal sanctions in 2009 for racking up bad air quality points this week, Houston has been judged so severe a case that the EPA agreed with Gov Perry to delay cleaner-air deadlines until 2019.
here’s the bad news, this solid five days of high ozone (pictured here) have knocked much of the state out of compliance with running three-year federal mandates. That not only is likely keeping the doc boxes hustling asthma sufferers late into the day, but could result in a lot of lost federal highway dollars.
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.
The Gulf of Mexico represents the vast majority of our offshore oil wealth. Here’s a visual reminder of what drilling means in a climate-cyclic sense: An image snapped above High Island, Texas, the day after Hurricane Ike roared ashore.
I’ve been supremely critical of the paper’s smalltown chamber of commerce functioning on this issue. Consider their coverage and you can’t help but conclude, the editorial content has been spun – if not to sell the lab to SA – at least to keep a lid on the criticism.
While the “Drill Me – Drill You” mantra has pressed offshore derricks and scenes of middle-aged Republican coitus to the forefront of popular consciousness, there’s a lot more to this here debate than crowd hysterics. What you may not have heard about is the proposed opening of the national treasury to all things nuclear.
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.
When I first started seeing the “Pickins’ Plan” adverts, I just assumed everyone knew as much as I did, which is about whatever the face on the screen was telling me. Then I got a call from a long-lost bud in the UAE. “Whose this Pickens guy?” he asked.
Not new thoughts. No. But another explanation, perhaps, of why we tolerate the despoiling of our lands and waters. Working with living systems implicates us as partners in the web, rather than masters.
Now I know Lone Star politicos aren’t traditionally the cheerleading sort — especially when it comes to entering into “entangling alliances” (lest they be petrol-based), suspicious treaties (only “free” trade […]
‘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.
CPS Energy had just enough cash on hand this year to pay off our city council and keep the city out of the red. The announcement came the day before the annual budgeting was to begin.
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.
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.
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).
Thanks to a ruling of the state Public Utility Commission today, Texas will get $5 billion worth of transmission lines running out of West Texas and the Panhandle drawing, ultimately, […]
Now this should be fun…
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.
State Sierra Club leaders are hoping to scuttle a highly controversial radwaste disposal license granted to Waste Control Specialists back in May with a last-ditch legal grab for a contested […]
You will pay more for a healthy Gulf. And that’s not just some rancorous blogger talkin’. Maybe you didn’t realize that you’re willing to factor more than the rising gas […]
Five thousand box fans and expensive advertisements reminding you to turn off the television. That’s the price for forgiveness? Angry? Is somebody angry?
Transmission issues and federal policy are the greatest barriers to the development of wind energy in the United States, according to a poll conducted by NRG Systems during Windpower 2008 last weekend.
There is still time to raise a stink about UEC’s plans to mine an unconfined drinking-water aquifer in Goliad County for uranium.
Short bursts of semi-related scrum that have been collecting in my lower tract this week… how to nap (in case you forgot); why we love warblers; a poem to lift […]
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.
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.
Agribusiness fertilizer runoff and urban wastes rush the Gulf through our creeks, streams, and rivers. There they spawn massive algal blooms that suck the oxygen out of the water creating […]
Aside from the premature deaths from heart attacks, stunning asthma rates, and shriveled lungs, citizens of the Distrito Federal in Central Mexico — where ozone levels (smog) exceed World Health […]
Meanwhile, complaints about tained water from Uranium Enrichment Corp’s exploration of uranium zones in a confined, drinking-water aquifer in Goliad County have gone nowhere. It hasn’t stopped the company from receiving the first of a needed covy of licenses to mine uranium there.