We idle at a crossroads. It’s a harried intersection, to be sure, at a twilight hour. From one direction flow the rail cars of explosive oil, streams of latticed drilling […]
Texas approved funding for a $50bn water plan, but left out a tool that has been growing in popularity among corporations (First published by Guardian Sustainable Business.) Texas voters last night […]
Yesterday, the SAWS Board of Directors agreed to give its CEO, Robert Puente, a $72,000 “performance award” on top of his annual $325,187 salary. The bonus was given in part for his leadership […]
Back in 2010, I wrote of the potential of sustained ignorance about climate change to become so willful that it “becomes criminal.” Back then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was only […]
A dozen years since the closing of Kelly Air Force Base, ailing residents and community activists gathered to decry contamination, injustice. Victor San Miguel presents a proud and defiant image […]
You can call it bragging rights. For years, San Antonio policy makers and elected leaders have made a lot of hay out of the fact that San Antonio was one […]
“Dread,” read the headline about the East Texas coal belt and proposed federal climate regulations. Finally, I thought. Finally an appropriate response from the coal industry. Obama insists new climate […]
In the summer of 2007, a pump at the Blue Line Corporation in East San Antonio was “inadvertently turned off,” releasing about 50 pounds of hydrochloric acid into the air. Five […]
The nation needs $384.2 billion dollars in water infrastructure and development to meet its needs for clean drinking water, according to a recent EPA report to Congress. The figure reflects the […]
Unfortunately, last Friday’s visit by EPA Region 6 boss didn’t break into any local media … and Unite Here’s successful skirmish against the Grand Hyatt deserved more attention than it got. Still, I managed to get a couple tidbits up online.
Yeah, there is movement in the Lege now, but otherwise we’ve been left with a governor who dismisses and mocks the reality of climate change (when he isn’t condoning thoughts of secession) …
Even as I was filing my story on the latest from the climate-change frontier, news was pouring in. The EPA was preparing the way for CO2 regulation by declaring greenhouse […]
Great to see Plum Island, the most secure location of six candidates according to Homeland Security, being played up for proposed massive germlab, the N-BAF. Finally, something like sanity surfacing.
So now that the numbers are in and we’ve got a fresh crop of dandies to feed into the national rule-making machine, perhaps you’re wondering what it all means for a livable planet? Will we finally take the lead on the world stage and make climate change a priority? Invest in clean, renewable power? Foster a green-sector jobs boom and and tease forth vibrant and healthy communities (with liberty and justice for all)?
Foul air wasn’t my — or anyone else’s — paranoid imagination. As cities like San Antonio and Austin are now facing possible federal sanctions in 2009 for racking up bad air quality points this week, Houston has been judged so severe a case that the EPA agreed with Gov Perry to delay cleaner-air deadlines until 2019.
here’s the bad news, this solid five days of high ozone (pictured here) have knocked much of the state out of compliance with running three-year federal mandates. That not only is likely keeping the doc boxes hustling asthma sufferers late into the day, but could result in a lot of lost federal highway dollars.
Though he’s getting the bulk of the applause post-debate, Obama let me down in Mississippi. Not only has he creeped ever closer right of middle by labeling Venezuela a “rogue state” on par with Iran and by asserting he is “not against nuclear waste,” (Well, you know, Jim. There’s a lot about nuclear waste that people just don’t understand) but I was stunned to see this young Senator having such trouble linking his conjunction-junction functions.
Not new thoughts. No. But another explanation, perhaps, of why we tolerate the despoiling of our lands and waters. Working with living systems implicates us as partners in the web, rather than masters.
Now I know Lone Star politicos aren’t traditionally the cheerleading sort — especially when it comes to entering into “entangling alliances” (lest they be petrol-based), suspicious treaties (only “free” trade […]
It’s so outrageous, I can only write in simple fragments. Gas tax holiday. In summer. Our high ozone season. You know, when hot air meets dirty air and makes dangerous […]