Tag: energy

Reporting

Texas Activists Took Their Fight Against a Natural Gas Project Abroad—And They’re Winning

The Texas Railroad Commission’s about-face on natural gas flaring can be partially linked to pressure from European companies concerned about Texas’ dirty gas. Amal Ahmed | Texas Observer In February, members of the Texas Railroad Commission finally got the message. The three commissioners of the regulatory body that oversees the […]

Reporting

Texas Lege: Bear Many Children, Feed Them Gas. Climate Be Damned.

If Texas lawmakers really cared about ‘customer choice,’ HB 17, a bill to mandate gas hook-ups in new buildings, would not just prevent the ‘discrimination’ against fossil fuels but help revive the oil lamp industry, coal cellars, and cow dung dealers. Greg Harman To slow the manifestation of our climate […]

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Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

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 […]

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 […]

Analysis

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 […]

Broadcast

EP10: Everyday Rude Boy’s Unintentional Mental Health Mother’s Day

Episode 10 is Deceleration‘s “mad pride” edition. Almost in time for Mother’s Day. We celebrate 10 episodes with a deep dive discussion of all things mental illness in the time Covid-19 with celebrated San Antonio musician (and artist) Phil Luna. This was truly one of our most satisfying broadcasts. We […]

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EP05: Utility Debt Post-COVID & SA Poet Laureate “Vocab”

Deceleration‘s fifth broadcast for the Covid-19 era in San Antonio asks what comes after the pandemic in terms of our City-owned utilities. While shutoff suspensions today are good thing, what happens when the bills come due? Working families already pay more than their share for ill-advised utility investments like the […]

Reporting

Welcome to West Texas: The World’s ‘Extraction Colony’

An unprecedented drilling boom in West Texas’s Permian Basin is great for business. But it’s polluting the air, overwhelming communities and threatening the planet. Kiah Collier, Jamie Smith Hopkins, & Rachel Leven MIDLAND, Texas — Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But […]

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Reporting

Karnes Immigrants Forced to Breathe Fracking Fumes

‘The prisoners have no choice but to inhale the toxic fumes coming from these sites.’ Jeremy Deaton Karnes County was once one of the poorest counties in Texas, but a few years ago it saw the beginnings of an oil and gas boom spurred on by advances in hydraulic fracturing, or […]

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Reporting

Anti-nuclear waste tour kicks off in Houston

Organizers of the “Protect Texas from Radioactive Waste Tour” plan to travel to five Texas cities over the next week in protest of a proposed plan to store used nuclear materials in West Texas. Matt Zdun Several Texas organizations gathered in Houston on Tuesday to kick off their “Protect Texas […]

Reporting

‘Water Is Life!’ Sings At Bayou Bridge

The Trump Administration may have rolled over Standing Rock, but water protectors are still harrying Energy Transfer Partners. Sheehan Moore/ Waging Nonviolence Half an hour outside of Lafayette, Louisiana — almost three hours west of New Orleans — the proposed route of the Bayou Bridge pipeline crosses the road. It’s […]

Analysis

Puerto Rico Missing a Chance to Rebuild with Renewables

Eight months after Hurricane Maria damaged 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity grid, energy expert Lionel Orama-Exclusa talks to Yale Environment 360 about how the island is missing an opportunity to transform its energy system from fossil fuels to renewable sources.