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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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CPS Energy Couldn’t Stop the Freezing Blackout…Because People

CPS Energy’s CEO blamed failed conservation by local residents as a key contributor to the region’s multi-day blackout. Yet the conservation programs are voluntary, underfunded … and the utility didn’t send a single Spanish-language emergency tweet until Texas was 12 hours from near-total grid collapse. Let’s talk. Greg Harman You […]

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Cultivator: News for February 14-February 20

Frozen Edition: Enter Polar VorTex Arctic weather loosed by a disrupted jet stream poured over the Great Plains and fanned across Texas this week, turning the state into a frozen huddled mess. New record lows were set in San Antonio for days in a row. Unprecedented and disastrous icy blackouts […]

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How You Can Contribute to Critical Environmental Research Right Now

With many research projects sidelined by COVID-19, community members in Texas and beyond can help keep a range of important research on track, from taking local water samples to simply counting the birds. Theresa Crimmins, Erin Posthumus, & Kathleen Prudic The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 disrupted field research […]

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Remembering Laura Sánchez

Two longtime migrant rights activists remember their compañera’s dedication to sanctuary in principal and action, as hopes rise for restoring a just U.S. asylum policy. Marisol Cortez In the summer of 2020, I asked Jack Elder to write a piece remembering Laura Sánchez, his friend and confederate in the Sanctuary […]

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CPS Energy Proposes Moving ‘Beyond Coal’ by 2030

After years of community pressure and, most recently, a petition that would have forced the JK Spruce Coal Plant to shutter, San Antonio’s City-owned utility starts facing reality. Greg Harman On Monday, January 25, CPS Energy officials announced they have charted a possible course “beyond coal” for San Antonio. In a pair […]

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San Antonio’s Problem with CPS Energy

Full Broadcast 22-Min Version For our families, planet, and future, San Antonio must shut down its last coal plant by 2030. But City-owned CPS Energy won’t discuss shutting the JK Spruce plant down, other than to warn of the costs. After years of trying to negotiate a just transition to […]

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TAKE ACTION: Attend First SA Climate Ready Committees Meeting

After a two-year odyssey creating San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan—political delays in adoption, followed by a year of silence—the SA Climate Ready’s new committees are finally assembling and seeking community input. On Tuesday night, two committees charged with guiding City climate policies in the years ahead will meet […]

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CPS Energy Must Stop Shutting Off People’s Power—For Good

Disconnects for nonpayment by CPS Energy have more than doubled during CEO Paula Gold-Williams tenure. And there are still no promises of reform.

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TAKE ACTION: A Community-Led Climate/COVID-19 Recovery

On Saturday, Join an Online Conversation to Help Develop a Community-Led Climate/COVID-19 Recovery for San Antonio. {EDITOR’S NOTE, 10.30.2020: Thanks to all who attended. View full event video here.} A recovery plan that is capable of meeting the challenges of today’s many colliding crises must center the needs of those […]

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CPS, SAWS, SAPD: Petitions to Hold Power Accountable By

In San Antonio election lines, clipboards mark the struggle to force change at City-owned utilities CPS, SAWS, and our ‘union-clad’ police force. Marisol Cortez & Greg Harman This election season, up-ballot races—including and especially the race to unseat a pandemic-spreading, children-caging autocrat—overshadow more ground-level, small-d democratic movement. However, three critical […]

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Utility Violence: CPS Energy’s History of Forced Shutoffs

To Truly Tackle Root Inequities, Council Must Address CPS Energy’s Legacy of Disconnections Greg Harman San Antonio summers are a time of retreat. During 2012, Texas’s hottest year on record, San Antonians fled to movie theaters, water parks, libraries, and VIA’s designated cooling centers (our bus fleet). For those in […]