Waco Friends of Peace/Climate meet monthly, the third Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, at Poppo Rollo's Pizza
Westbank Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco, 76710. Free presentation and pizza/salad buffet.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Environmental Film Series: December 18, 2018

SHARKWATER



Tuesday, December 18th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM:  Free Pizza/Salad Buffet
followed by film & discussion
Runtime 89 minutes 

This documentary describes the shark’s struggle against extinction, its role in a healthy ecosystem and the protection of planetary oxygenation.  Winner of 22 international awards, the film is an environmental thriller with stunning images. 

"In addition to its breathtaking underwater photography, Sharkwater has a convincing, impassioned argument of how the plight of sharks affects everyone." -- Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus


At the meeting there will also be a review of the Go Renewable Waco campaign and a discussion of the next steps in the campaign, as well as free climate change merchandise.


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Saturday, December 01, 2018

More On The FOP/C Presentation To The Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting


FANTASTIC NEWS: Our 100% Renewable Energy Resolution for Waco
is now on the agenda of the Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting:
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 3:45pm. (Board convenes at 4:00pm).
  • Waco City Hall, 300 Austin Avenue, 3rd floor meeting room.  76701
  • Please be very quiet while waiting to enter, whisper only, if a meeting is taking place before ours.  
  • Clothing:  please wear your new green FOP/C t-shirt, or other light green shirt.  We expect about 54 degree F, so jacket may be advised before entering the meeting.  
  • Schedule:  we expect brief comments from Sarah Brockhaus (my collaborator) and myself before any action is taken on the resolution.  
  • We are not certain if other audience comments will be allowed at that time.  If so:  please keep your comment concise and focused squarely on our goal of approval of the 100% renewable energy pledge for Waco.  Primary actions will include conservation, renewable source for electricity, transition of city vehicles to EVs. The importance of this commitment to renewable energy for you and your family would be powerful--personal experience.
  • Reminder:  we want to express the best possible decorum, so please be silent when anyone else is talking. 
  • We do expect a vote or other action on the Resolution. 
  • As in August, the Waco FOP/C will provide dinner (with appropriate vegetarian/vegan options) after the meeting, and hopefully this will be a victory dinner.  
  • Questions:  anorthc@aol.com
  • Need a ride to the City Hall:  anorthc@aol.com 
  • Finally, PLEASE INVITE EVERYONE IN YOUR CONTACTS TO ATTEND: We have the science behind us, but we wish to again emphasize public support in Waco.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Presentation To The City of Waco Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Dec. 5th















Location:  Waco City Hall, 3rd floor meeting room
Date & Time:  Wednesday, December 5th, 3:45 PM

The City of Waco Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board will accept comment & will “act on an introductory letter & a formal resolution for 100% renewable energy in Waco by 2050."  The science & the recent climate change impacts clearly support our proposal. 

We need EVERYONE who is free to be in attendance to emphasize public support. This is CRUCIAL. Please wear green FOP/C Tshirt or other light green shirt.  The resolution was prepared by Alan Northcutt, MD & Board member Sarah Brockhaus. (Many thanks to Sarah).

The resolution calls for formation of a new board to work on renewables transition & decarbonization. Our resolution focuses on conservation, energy transition to renewables & transition to EVs in city fleets of cars, trucks, & buses.
   
 This Board meeting represents culmination of 1.5 years of work on the Go Renewable Waco campaign. Thanks to our members for all their tremendous work.  

 Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant by Waco FOP/C following board meeting.

Please direct any questions to anorthc@aol.com 

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Arrive 3:45pm (Board convenes at 4:00pm)
Waco City Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 300 Austin Ave.

We had a great crowd in August at this Board's meeting when we made our presentation for a 100% renewable powered Waco.  Our plan is for the Board to consider and approve a resolution endorsing the 100% renewable energy pledge and pass this along to the City Council.  To support our efforts, we once again need a large crowd, essentially filling the room.  Although there are some bumps along the way, we are optimistic the meeting will take place December 5.  So please mark your calendars now. More details will follow. 

Dinner will be provided following the meeting.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Environmental Film Series: November 20, 2018

How To Save The World

 

Tuesday, November 20th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6:00 PM:  Free Pizza/Salad
followed by film & discussion
Runtime 55 Minutes


The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate documentary film for November is How To Save The World.  Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. From the melting glaciers to the droughts of California, rising temperatures are a worldwide problem that impact us wherever we live. Director Eric Campbell criss-crosses the continents to see just what is at stake for humanity, interviewing scientists determined to find solutions as well as politicians who deny its existence. This film offers fresh insight into this pressing and global issue.


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Monday, November 05, 2018

Woodway Park, November 4, 2018




















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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Alan Northcutt Article On 2018 Elections Published In Waco Tribune-Herald

The following article by Alan Northcutt, submitted on October 7th, was published by the Waco Tribune-Herald on October 18th:

A Climate-change Warrior Votes


Texas incumbents resist warnings of scientists on fast-changing world


The 2018 general election has been widely heralded as “the most important election in a generation.”  From the climate standpoint, this description is appropriate.  While climatologists intensify their warnings that we must decarbonize by 2050, the Trump Administration’s every environmental action is decreasing our ability to combat climate change. We will thus compare the climate change portfolio of candidates in several of the major November races.

U.S. Senate   The race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke is extremely close at this point.  But the candidates’ views on anthropogenic climate change could not be more distant.  Cruz is a notorious climate science denier who takes pride in flaunting his rejection of science.  As Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, he headed a denialist hearing/gala in 2015, where he justified his position by trotting out such absurd memes as “CO2 is good for plant life,” and “the planet is greener right now.”   But he had no response when confronted with actual scientific data documenting global warming.  With the tables turned, one has to wonder how attorney Cruz would react if a climate scientist entered a courtroom and belittled the judge’s understanding of the law.  Further, Cruz’s website contains no mention of climate change or renewable energy, and instead promotes more extraction, fracking, pipelines and fossil fuel exports. 

The website of Beto, on the other hand, states: “It is crucial now more than ever that the U.S. and world leaders act urgently to address the issue of climate change.”  He recommends staying in the Paris Agreement, full funding of climate research, strengthening the EPA, tighter regulation of fossil fuel facilities, and expansion of renewables. 

Of course ACTION is what really counts, since politicians are known to flip- flop like fish.  The League of Conservation Voters (lcv.org) publishes a respected scorecard on the voting record of the U.S. Congress. The scores of the two candidates on climate and other environmental issues are as follows:   lifetime positive scores, Cruz 3%, O’Rourke 99%; 2017 positive scores Cruz 0%, O’Rourke 100%.  What does this mean?  In 2017, O’Rourke always voted to protect the climate, and clean air and water.  And Cruz always voted to protect the fossil fuel industry and the polluters.  Maybe this has something to do with the fact that Cruz has accepted over $2.5 million in contributions from fossil fuel interests since 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

The decision to vote for Beto O’Rourke should not be difficult. 

U.S. House of Representatives District 17   The contrast between Rep. Bill Flores and opponent Rick Kennedy is stark.  Since “climate denier” has become something of a dirty word, Flores now has pivoted from denier to the ultimate non-position on his website:  “most of us agree climate change is occurring.”  But the rest of his website does make clear where his heart lies:  he supports Trump’s “leadership” on the Paris Agreement, while heaping praise on oil, gas, and “clean coal.”  And he mentions renewables only to falsely claim they will cost jobs, are unproven, and are too expensive.  Rick Kennedy proclaims, on the other hand, that “climate change is real,” and that we must act to minimize impacts for future generations.  He believes the transition to clean energy will create jobs, lower energy costs, and is the pathway to sustainability.  

On voting records, the League of Conservation Voters scorecard reveals abysmal numbers:  lifetime positive score for Flores 3%, 2017 positive score for Flores 0%.  Of course, Kennedy has no voting record for comparison.  

Thus Flores’ statements and voting record equate to more of the same, with fossil fuels, and devastation of our biosphere.  Kennedy’s position supports the transition to renewable energy, consistent with the scientists’ recommendation.  It certainly makes more sense to vote for Rick Kennedy and trust his votes will mirror his positions, rather than vote for Flores and know for certain his votes will support climate catastrophe.  

Texas House of Representatives District 56   This race pits veterinarian Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson against challenger archeologist Katherine Turner-Pearson.  To my knowledge neither candidate has website or press statements about climate change.  But it happens that I am personally well acquainted with Turner, and had an informal climate debate with Anderson recently.  Turner clearly recognizes the science of anthropogenic climate change, while Anderson is a classic climate science denier.  (Let me add that Anderson was very polite, pleasant and respectful during our discussion). 

The environmental voting record of Rep. Anderson was tabulated by Environment Texas as follows: lifetime positive score 34%.  Although a weak record on climate, his score is much superior to that of Cruz and Flores.  An additional impact, Rep. Anderson is Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Energy Resources. The jurisdiction statement of this Committee includes:  “(7) identifying, developing, and using alternative energy sources.” Having a climate denier, who told me renewable energy is “not efficient,” on this Committee, is clearly an obstacle to transitioning to clean energy.  Although Turner has no voting record, she pledged to me that she will act on climate change once in the State Legislature.  

Although less documentation is available in the Texas House race, Katherine Turner-Pearson proclaims she will act to mitigate and adapt to climate change.  She is clearly superior to Anderson, who cannot act to mitigate climate change, since he does not believe it exists. 

The summer of 2018, with record high temperatures and drought in Waco, provided an alarming preview of extreme weather to come.  We urge everyone to combat this danger by voting in November—only for candidates committed to combating climate change.

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