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Indigenous youth keep pressure on Biden in pipeline fights

With the Line 3 and Dakota Access pipelines threatening Indigenous land, youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes ran 2,000 miles to deliver a powerful message to the new administration.

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Cultivator: News for March 28-April 3

President Biden’s $2T Infrastructure & Climate Plan (AKA “American Jobs Plan”) America’s Offshore Wind–Powered Future Begins in a Texas Shipyard In announcing an ambitious renewable-energy push this week, the Biden administration highlighted a vessel under construction in Brownsville as proof of the economic opportunities of going green. One Gulf-based company […]

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Texas Activists Took Their Fight Against a Natural Gas Project Abroad—And They’re Winning

The Texas Railroad Commission’s about-face on natural gas flaring can be partially linked to pressure from European companies concerned about Texas’ dirty gas. Amal Ahmed | Texas Observer In February, members of the Texas Railroad Commission finally got the message. The three commissioners of the regulatory body that oversees the […]

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Texas Lege: Bear Many Children, Feed Them Gas. Climate Be Damned.

If Texas lawmakers really cared about ‘customer choice,’ HB 17, a bill to mandate gas hook-ups in new buildings, would not just prevent the ‘discrimination’ against fossil fuels but help revive the oil lamp industry, coal cellars, and cow dung dealers. Greg Harman To slow the manifestation of our climate […]

Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

San Antonio’s Disaster Committee Discovers the Disaster Planning That Wasn’t

After nearly 400,000 were left freezing without power and light during Winter Storm Uri and water pump stations failed, the ire of local residents fell on San Antonio’s water and power utilities. Failures by elected and appointed leaders have largely flown under the radar. That may change. Greg Harman The […]

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PODCAST: San Antonio’s ‘War on Birds’ Keeps Expanding

Two years ago, the City of San Antonio launched a war on the birds of Elmendorf Lake. The target was the hundreds of cattle egrets who have been roosting at this Westside ecological gem for decades. By razing the island to the ground, and dismantling possibly hundreds of nests, the assault destroyed the nesting ground for many related migratory birds. Many young were killed.

Analysis

To Help Stop the Age of Extinction, Give Nature a New Pronoun

For Indigenous scholar Robin Wall Kimmerer, Western grammatical norms of using “it” to refer to more-than-human relatives absolve settler cultures of moral responsibility for exploiting and dominating nature. Here’s what we can say instead, drawn from Kimmerer’s native Anishinaabe. Robin Wall Kimmerer Singing whales, talking trees, dancing bees, birds who […]

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Take Action: Join SAHA Residents in Demanding Safe Housing and Clean Water

SAHA residents respond to the horrific losses of power and water that left residents feeling “left to die”—including one confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease currently under investigation. Marisol Cortez During Winter Storm Uri last month, residents of Fair Avenue Apartments—a San Antonio Housing Authority complex on SA’s Southside where a […]

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Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

[UPDATED] At least 57 people died during the Texas winter storm—nearly half were in Harris County

While most were the result of hypothermia, some were caused by car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and medical equipment failure. Sami Sparber | Texas Tribune [As of March 27, 2021, the number of storm-related deaths has increased to 111.] At least 57 people died in Texas as a result of […]

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TAKE ACTION: Community Voices Sorely Needed In Winter Storm Uri Investigation

Click Play: Deceleration boiled down the two-hour meeting to 25 critical minutes to bring you up to speed quick. Deceleration · Winter Storm Uri: First Meeting of the Committee on Emergency Preparedness The Committee on Emergency Preparedness is tasked with getting to the bottom of WTF broke in San Antonio, […]

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Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

Pipelines Leaving Dangerous Oil and Gas Waste Behind

Millions of miles of oil and gas pipelines stitch across the United States. And there are few rules protecting property owners when they are abandoned, potentially collapsing, exploding, or leaking dangerous chemicals. Kate Wheeling | Nexus Media Some years ago, David Howell got a call from a landowner in Central […]

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Take Action: Vigil for Erick Mejía

On January 27, 2021, SAPD took the life of yet another young person, Erick Mejia, killing him in broad daylight outside South Park Mall after he fled on foot following a traffic stop. Organizers say he was fleeing for fear of deportation and showing signs of mental health crisis. At […]