On Voting the Climate

Voting the Climate means voting to eliminate local emissions causing suffering around the planet and here at home. It means prioritizing investment in San Antonio neighborhoods that are least able to recover from the heat-related disasters we can’t avoid.

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Banning Cars with Greg Brockhouse

“This is not a Socialist City we are a Democracy with rights and obligations to protect our citizens.”

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VIDEO: San Antonio’s Climate Plan Does What?

What the plan does. What it doesn’t do. And why it matter.

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A Recipe to Kill a Climate Plan

With election season ramping up, and a vote on a proposed climate plan delayed by six months, detractors seem to be gaining influence with City Council. Greg Harman Weeks after […]

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WTF is Rey Chavez Smoking?

In a lengthy dispatch to San Antonio Councilmembers Clayton Perry and Manny Pelaez, Rey Chavez warns about the “hysteria of Green Plans,” insisting that claims surrounding the existential threat posed by global warming are “BS,” and linking out to a series of online articles and videos, even though he recognized they didn’t fit the “narrative” of “environmentalist [sic]” and “some in our city.”

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CAAP: Pelaez Pledges Climate Vote to Valero Energy

Councilman Manny Pelaez has positioned himself as a strong opponent to the proposed Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP).”Just to be absolutely clear, if this were to come up for a vote today, I’d vote no on it, for a whole host of reasons,” he said at a February Community Health & Equity Committee meeting. “I’d rather get this done right than get it done fast.”

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Mayor Punts On San Antonio’s Climate Plan

Today, nearly two years later, Mayor Nirenberg has punted on the plan. Since the draft Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (PDF) was released, he’s been faced with a wavering Council and a full-court press against the plan from key members of the business community. Nirenberg is pushing the one-time April vote back … way, way back … to the fall.

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VIDEO: Climate Change: Worry, Then Act. A Presentation by Andrew Dessler

Dr. Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist from Texas A&M University, speaking earlier today, March 24, 2019, to an audience at the San Antonio Botanical Garden about “Climate Change: The Evidence, Why You Should Be Worried, and What We Can Do About It.”

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Climate Flash Choir Brings ‘Joyful Militancy’ to City Council

About 10 years ago, when I was fresh and young and newly 30, I was working for the first time as a full-time organizer on a campaign against the expansion of a South Texas nuclear power plant. When COP 15 hit in December 2009, I got it in my head somehow that the best way to connect the dots between international climate negotiations in Copenhagen and our local fight against nuclear power—positioned by the powers-that-be as a carbon-free alternative to fossil fuels—was to sing about it.

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Green New Deal Betrays Massive Ag & Energy Subsidies

To hear the Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel tell it, the Green New Deal (PDF) would spend trillions of dollars while eliminating jobs, travel, delicious food and family time.

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REPORT: ‘No Historic Precedent’ For Climate Action Needed

Unrelenting Warming: The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report for 2019 indicates environmental problems are most serious threat to global stability Mel Gurtov, Peace Voice The World Economic Forum’s Global […]

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The Answer to Climate Denial Isn’t More Facts–It’s Shame

The work to curb racism has depended less on good-faith efforts to dispel ignorance and more on enforcing social penalties for racist behavior. The same approach may work for climate change denial.

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TAKE ACTION: Climate Plan Under Attack

A year and a half after Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the San Antonio City Council committed to creating a climate action plan for the city, area developers and oil and […]

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PODCAST: Climate Action Planning Members Speak

With San Antonio’s first climate action plan approaching public release, contributing volunteers from local government, business, activism, and academia discuss their expectations of the San Antonio Climate Action & Adaptation Plan.

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Stopping Bolsonaro’s Genocidal Policies Targeting Brazil’s Native Peoples

It is official. On the first of the year, Jair Bolsonaro, was inaugurated as the 38th President of Brazil. One of his first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act.

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Energy Dusk to Energy Dawn: JT Deely (1977-2018)

Climate Action SA turns a funeral into celebration while marking the last gasps of San Antonio’s oldest and dirtiest coal plant.

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Ding, Dong, Deely’s Dead

Cracking open the champagne at Calaveras Lake in San Antonio, Texas, to celebrate: One more lung-clogging, brain-poisoning, planet-heating coal plant is dead. … And Happy New Year! Via NEWS4SA: SAN […]

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San Antonio’s Top 10 Climate Polluters

US industrial greenhouse gas emissions may have dipped slightly last year, but in San Antonio they made a sharp jab skyward, according to numbers released last week by the US […]

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