Tag: San Antonio

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TAKE ACTION: Join Words for Birds 2021!

Join us for the 13th annual Words for Birds, a celebration and cry for protection of winged relatives for National Poetry Month. Historically an in-person reading held out of doors within the beautiful environs of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, COVID sacked last year’s W4B, which became a funky online zine […]

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Cultivator: News for March 28-April 3

President Biden’s $2T Infrastructure & Climate Plan (AKA “American Jobs Plan”) America’s Offshore Wind–Powered Future Begins in a Texas Shipyard In announcing an ambitious renewable-energy push this week, the Biden administration highlighted a vessel under construction in Brownsville as proof of the economic opportunities of going green. One Gulf-based company […]

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San Antonio’s Disaster Committee Discovers the Disaster Planning That Wasn’t

click to hear this article After nearly 400,000 were left freezing without power and light during Winter Storm Uri and water pump stations failed, the ire of local residents fell on San Antonio’s water and power utilities. Failures by elected and appointed leaders have largely flown under the radar. That […]

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PODCAST: San Antonio’s ‘War on Birds’ Keeps Expanding

Two years ago, the City of San Antonio launched a war on the birds of Elmendorf Lake. The target was the hundreds of cattle egrets who have been roosting at this Westside ecological gem for decades. By razing the island to the ground, and dismantling possibly hundreds of nests, the assault destroyed the nesting ground for many related migratory birds. Many young were killed.

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TAKE ACTION: Community Voices Sorely Needed In Winter Storm Uri Investigation

Click Play: Deceleration boiled down the two-hour meeting to 25 critical minutes to bring you up to speed quick. Deceleration · Winter Storm Uri: First Meeting of the Committee on Emergency Preparedness The Committee on Emergency Preparedness is tasked with getting to the bottom of WTF broke in San Antonio, […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

CPS Energy Couldn’t Stop the Freezing Blackout…Because People

CPS Energy’s CEO blamed failed conservation by local residents as a key contributor to the region’s multi-day blackout. Yet the conservation programs are voluntary, underfunded … and the utility didn’t send a single Spanish-language emergency tweet until Texas was 12 hours from near-total grid collapse. Let’s talk. Greg Harman You […]

Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

Cultivator: News for February 14-February 20

Frozen Edition: Enter Polar VorTex Arctic weather loosed by a disrupted jet stream poured over the Great Plains and fanned across Texas this week, turning the state into a frozen huddled mess. New record lows were set in San Antonio for days in a row. Unprecedented and disastrous icy blackouts […]

Ralph Garcia and the polar vortex in Texas
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PODCAST: Ralph Garcia, the Polar Vortex, & San Antonio’s Disability Community

Deceleration · 16: Ralph Garcia, the Polar Vortex, & San Antonio’s Disabled Community “This is to CPS. This is to any energy supply company. And this message is to every mayor in the Texas region, and including the Governor, that I want to listen to this. Right now your disabled […]

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Texas Clean Energy Debate Enters a Polar Vortex

Blistering Arctic weather poured into Texas this week, freezing wind farms and complicating debate over a needed transition to renewable energy. Greg Harman Two weeks ago, San Antonio’s city-owned utility, CPS Energy, published the Flexible Path Resource Plan (PDF), a report purporting to forecast the cost of moving off coal […]

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Cultivator: News for February 7-February 13

Polar Ice For Valentine’s Day Whether lover or lonely-hearted, housed or dangerously unhoused, two-legged or four, the residents of San Antonio and South Texas appear to be entering the coldest Valentine’s Day in historical record. Last forecast for Sunday suggested a low of 12, and a 9-degree night the following […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

Remembering Laura Sánchez

Two longtime migrant rights activists remember their compañera’s dedication to sanctuary in principal and action, as hopes rise for restoring a just U.S. asylum policy. Marisol Cortez In the summer of 2020, I asked Jack Elder to write a piece remembering Laura Sánchez, his friend and confederate in the Sanctuary […]

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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 […]