Even in the best of worlds the climate argument for gas is strained. But CPS Energy’s shift from coal to gas will be dogged by high leak rates, Republicans, and regulators.
San Antonio’s Top Climate Polluters
Click graphs above for Top US Climate Offenders, Top 10 Texas Climate Polluters, and the biggest Corpus Christi offenders. Data is from the US EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory for point-source/facility emissions. These numbers likely represent undercounts and do not take into account climate pollution “upstream” from the facilities due to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Investigation: Coal is Trashing Texas Lands
Texas coal companies are leaving behind contaminated land. The state is letting them. An investigation by The Texas Tribune and Grist shows that regulators in the Lone Star State have given a hand up to struggling coal companies as they face millions of dollars in mandated land restoration costs. Kiah […]
Coal Power Means High Bills, Public Health Crisis
EDITOR’S NOTE: San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (PDF) hardly mentions coal power. In spite of JK Spruce being the largest emitter of climate pollution in San Antonio, it’s name doesn’t come up. And coal is only mentioned 10 times. How is that possible? It’s because when the largest […]
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.