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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

Analysis

Coup Averted, La Lucha Continua. But First: Breathe.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final dispatch from a group called Choose Democracy, who we introduced to readers in an October post just before the historic (and traumatic) 2020 election. Choose Democracy formed for the express purpose of training people to stop a coup should it arise, launching a coup-o-meter […]

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TAKE ACTION: Black Lives Matter & Palestine at DreamWeek

Happy MLK Day, amid fallout from the churning sickness of white nationalist grievance that finally spewed forth in the attempted auto-coup of January 6, 2021. In that context, we redouble our efforts to topple America’s centuries-old, color-based caste system rooted in colonial occupation, insisting that Black Lives Matter: locally, globally, […]

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Reporting

Biden Reportedly to Rescind Keystone XL Permit Wednesday, Rejoin Paris Accord

Indigenous-Led Movement Credited With Huge Victory over Proposed Alberta-to-Nebraska Tar Sands Pipeline. Jake Johnston President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning on the day of his inauguration to rescind a federal permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States, a move environmentalists said would represent an immense […]

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‘Luz At Midnight’: San Antonio’s First Rare-Earth Cli-Fi Love Story

Love, politics, and rare earth mineral mining converge in this South Texas novel. Ten years in the making, San Anto’s first rare-earth cli-fi love story (we’d wager) has just been published by the superchingón FlowerSong Press and is ready for heavy reading. Rooted in the landscapes and issues Deceleration aspires […]

Analysis

Drug Legalization, Community Power Critical For Police-Free World

Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally against marijuana arrests in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012 in New York City. The New York City Council is set to vote on a resolution that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in […]

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Reporting

‘Terrified’ Pennsylvania General Energy Company Seeks to Destroy Local Rights of Nature Law

‘PGE throwing another lawsuit at us to try to bring us to heel, when our community has overwhelmingly said “hell no” multiple times.’ Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and the […]

Broadcast, San Antonio Bioregion

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 […]

Analysis

Four Ways to Help Children Cope with the Damage We’ve Done to Our Planet

Louise Chawla As an environmental psychologist who works to improve children’s access to nature, I recently completed a review that brings two bodies of research together: one on connecting children and adolescents with nature, and the second on supporting healthy coping when they realize they are part of a planet […]

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Utility Disconnections are Increasing—and the Pandemic Is Far From Over

Who is going to pick up the bill for estimated $10B in unpaid bills? Here are some options to avoid mass utility disconnections. Theodore J. Kury The shutdowns and restrictions that governments have imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard for many households to afford basic […]