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ice storm
Analysis

Research Roundup: Critical Readings for A Vortex Postmortem

Marisol Cortez Y’all know Deceleration is Texas based, so like millions of others around the state, we just survived brutal Arctic storms followed by a near-collapse of the electric grid—brought about by centuries of secessionist ideology and decades of deregulation—on the heels of water and food shortages. All things considered, […]

Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

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 […]

Ralph Garcia and the polar vortex in Texas
Podcast

PODCAST: Ralph Garcia, the Polar Vortex, & San Antonio’s Disability Community

Deceleration · 16: Ralph Garcia, the Polar Vortex, & San Antonio’s Disabled Community “This is to CPS. This is to any energy supply company. And this message is to every mayor in the Texas region, and including the Governor, that I want to listen to this. Right now your disabled […]

Analysis

Texas Clean Energy Debate Enters a Polar Vortex

Blistering Arctic weather poured into Texas this week, freezing wind farms and complicating debate over a needed transition to renewable energy. Greg Harman Two weeks ago, San Antonio’s city-owned utility, CPS Energy, published the Flexible Path Resource Plan (PDF), a report purporting to forecast the cost of moving off coal […]

Reporting

Cultivator: News for February 7-February 13

Polar Ice For Valentine’s Day Whether lover or lonely-hearted, housed or dangerously unhoused, two-legged or four, the residents of San Antonio and South Texas appear to be entering the coldest Valentine’s Day in historical record. Last forecast for Sunday suggested a low of 12, and a 9-degree night the following […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

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 […]

Reporting

Cultivator: News for January 31-February 6

Welcome to the second edition of your weekly ecological, commonsensical, and anti-commercial news wrap for the Greater San Antonio and South Texas bioregions (i.e., the watersheds of the San Antonio, Medina, and Guadalupe Rivers as well as the wider Gulf they feed). (Oh, and Happy Pigskin Superspreader Day! Please wear […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

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 […]

Reporting

CULTIVATOR: News for January 24-January 30

What a time to start a weekly news wrap-up on the climate justice front. Stories of sweeping and rapid change have followed the incoming Biden Administration: reentering Paris and punking the KeystoneXL pipeline. On this front, a number of outlets have you covered. WaPo has (almost) all the executive-order action […]

Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

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 […]

Molly Wright
Podcast

PODCAST: Housing Justice Hunger Striker Molly Wright Demands Your Attention

Deceleration · 15: Homelessness Advocate Molly Wright is on a Hunger Strike in San Antonio ‘When you’re homeless, you don’t have the energy to protest.’ What to do when traditional forms of protest have become ‘white noise’ for elected leaders? Marisol Cortez In 2016, a year after the last residents were […]

2020 hottest year on record
Analysis

18 Charts: 2020’s Record-Breaking Warming as Biden Rejoins Paris

EDITOR’S NOTE: Even as President Biden enters the White House with an unprecedented commitment to fighting industrially driven global warming and taking several critical immediate actions, including reentering the Paris Agreement, the pledges we’ve seen to date are still too limited, if only because this global threat is so large, […]