This month Deceleration is traveling and reporting back! Greg will be in Ecuador for a three-week intensive course on environmental peacemaking, while I just returned from Detroit, where I attended […]
Images/audio from MLK Day March in San Antonio.
Just as highways, once built, never freakin’ disappear, multi-million dollar walls have this habit of staying in place — at least until the empire crumbles, and sometimes not even then.
We’ve been waiting a long time for this. When “W” leaves office, a flood of new information about domestic spying, torture, detainments, Iraq war intelligence manipulation, etc., will begin to drench this impoverished nation with the changing of the guard.
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.
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)?
Yes, let’s “pay attention to his words.” Risks of nuclear power? McCain’s response is “blah, blah, blah.”
Sure Maryland state police were shadowing climate activists for over a year and had even scratched their names onto a list of suspected terrorists. But, hey, Gore did call for civil disobedience in defense of the planet, didn’t he? Forgive the police powers for misunderstanding the difference between non-violent dissent and armed revolt. Don’t rock the boat, tommygun the boat, baby?
Though even the Ex-News had to budge when the U.S. General Accounting Office investigation of lax security at two of five high-risk BSL-4 labs in the country found SA’s Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research wanting. However, for the Express, the breaking news report appears to be the end of it. After all, SFBR has been trumpeted over and over again as an example of SA’s can-do ability when it comes to handling deadly and highly-transmittable pathogens, a selling point for securing N-BAF.
While I was researching my climate-energy offering in the Current this week (which is not about green jobs, though the inputs were unavoidable), I hit upon several interesting numbers — particularly when it came to Google Lab’s proposed national energy plan, which I analyzed alongside those being brought by Obama, McCain, and T. Boone Pickens.
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.
But there’s potentially a major crimp in the hose of plenty. And it looms in the higher energy prices waiting to meet us as we cross the energy divide.
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.
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.
Though he’s getting the bulk of the applause post-debate, Obama let me down in Mississippi. Not only has he creeped ever closer right of middle by labeling Venezuela a “rogue state” on par with Iran and by asserting he is “not against nuclear waste,” (Well, you know, Jim. There’s a lot about nuclear waste that people just don’t understand) but I was stunned to see this young Senator having such trouble linking his conjunction-junction functions.
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.
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.
Uh, Drill Why?
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.
Karl Grossman tackles Plum Island (as he has dutifully since the 1970’s) in two news segments to be aired on WVVH-TV up in New York this weekend. There are some interesting facts about the proposed federal germ lab that may be on interest to San Antonians, to date the most supportive/apathetic community on Homeland Security’s short-list for the proposed National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility.
Something about those damn Colonists huddled up on the Eastern Seaboard. Makes folks skittish living that close to the Euro Zone’s market wobbles. Or maybe it’s the acidifying Atlantic sea spray.
Whatever the cause, it’s no illusion that the further west one gets from Long Island and the Plum Island germ lab just offshore, the more exciting playing host to Homeland Security’s proposed National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility becomes.
As a writer, consumer, and critic of that all-so-serious thing we call “news,” I often find myself reminded of a former small-town publisher’s words: “It’s not so much what you put in the paper, but what you don’t.”
Worldwatch wants Al Gore to be your Daddy. As if the environmental movement, grown increasingly diffused across the political and social spectrum in recent years, all of a sudden needs such a figurehead.
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, […]
One year ago, San Antonio’s chances of landing Homeland Security’s $500-million golden goose of germ research — the National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility — were good. Three of the eighteen […]
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.
Yesterday, San Antonio’s City-owned CPS Energy, local automotive mongrel Red McCombs, and Illinois polluter Excelon Energy established “Nuclear Energy for Texans,” an apparently private-public partnership established to lobby taxpayers, voters, and lawmakers for a nuclear-powered future
Obviously, significant policy and practice remedials are called for. Will Amtrak (or private investors) seize upon air travel’s increasing woes from exploding oil prices and climate concerns?
Here’s some good news for the minority majority. Middle-class white greenies don’t want to deport you anymore. You’ll recall the national Sierra Club had a near-fatal meltdown over the immigration […]
You know where I stand on the McCain/Clinton idiocracy of a gas-tax-free summer on ozone alone. But this week, as Clinton danced around gargling free petroleum cake and running ads […]
As McCain cozies up with San Antonio’s evangelical warmonger John Hagee (a relationship likely not to catch a media blaze the way Obaman’s radical Rolodex has) other less altruistically motivated […]
This Earth Day we salute our future environmental leaders and pray for their ever-lovin’ souls. I can’t help wondering how quickly they will outgrow their graying groomers and speed themselves on the way to disillusionment.
The sooner the better…
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 […]
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 […]
‘Member when that deadly powder was swirling around Congress, causing a country of faithful to shiver and shimmy with anxiety? No, not talking of the coca glory days of Ronnie […]
A friend — I do have a few — was giving me the lowdown a couple months back. Yes, it came this direct: You know, architects don’t get depressed, reporters […]