The Friends of Peace 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.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Protest At Upcoming Flores Town Hall Meeting

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will stage a protest outside the August 31st town hall meeting of Rep. Flores.



LOCATION:  At street entrance of Town Hall, TSTC, John B. Connally Technology Center Auditorium, 3801 Campus Drive, Waco 76705.

DIRECTIONS:  On I35 North take TSTC exit. Auditorium is first large building on your right. Approx. 15 minute drive from Providence Hospital with no traffic problems.

DATE:  August 31st, Wednesday.

TIME:  5:00pm-6:30pm.  (Town Hall starts 6:00pm).

LOGISTICS:  Large banner and some small signs will be porvided.  Of course, participants should feel free to express their thoughts with personal signs. 

WHY:  Rep. Flores may now object to "climate denier" classification, although his statements and record prove him to be one.  He referred to climate change as "dubious agenda-driven scientific research."
  • Flores supports fossil fuels over renewable energy, and worked in the fossil fuel industry.
  • Flores has voted against every bill designed to address climate change.
  • Flores has a 4% positive voting record by the League of Conservation Voters.
  • Flores has been a large part of the recent do nothing Congresses which have blocked any significant legislation to combat climate change.  
  • We must call out Rep. Flores for his record which endangers our future at the time of this climate change crisis.  We complain about his positions on Facebook, etc.--this is the opportunity to inform him of our complete opposition to his dangerous climate denialism. 
  • THINK GLOBAL AND ACT LOCAL.  It is our responsibility to act on our local climate issues. 
  • 350.org is organizing a campaign this fall to call out candidates at all levels who block climate action. 
ACT NOW: please plan to support this action.  Last time there was great media coverage, but there needs to be more bodies to increase the impact.  And kindly RSVP email to anorthc@aol.com with your commitment to be present.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Letter To Luminant

The following letter was sent by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate to the CEO of Luninant.  It was presented to attendees at the August 16th meeting of FOP/C and collected 33 signatures.


Chief Executive Officer
Luminant
Luminant Headquarters
Energy Plaza
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Dear Sir/Madam—
As citizens of McLennan County, Tx, we would like to express our opposition to your proposed construction of a new natural gas-fired power plant at Tradinghouse Lake. We oppose this facility for multiple reasons:
  • The planetary crisis of climate change requires the United States rapidly convert our fossil fuel infrastructure to renewables by 2050. Therefore, building a new fossil fuel based plant in 2017 is contraindicated. Such a gas-fired plant emits significant CO2, estimated at 50% that of a coal fired plant. In addition, about 50% of fuel for the plant would come from fracking. The leakage of methane during this extraction procedure is well known, and methane is 70 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
  • Waco is near the limit of 70ppb for ground level ozone. There is considerable risk that the proposed gas facility would cause the City to exceed this EPA limit. Furthermore, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Ozone Review Panel found that the “current primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone is not protective of human health.” In a letter to the EPA administrator July 1, 2014. Therefore, the plant would put human health at risk.
  • The proposed Tradinghouse Lake gas plant would emit other hazardous organic compounds and particulates.
  • Renewable energy, which would not emit greenhouse gases, and is safe for human populations, is widely available in Texas. The state leads the nation in wind power production.

For these reasons, we request that Luminant NOT build the proposed Tradinghouse Lake Plant. Since Luminant has some experience and holdings in wind and solar power, we request that the corporation provide such energy, which will not exacerbate climate change, and will protect the health of our citizens.
Sincerely,

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Billboard Coming Soon













The new Friends of Peace/Climate billboard protesting the proposed construction of a gas-powered power plant at Tradinghouse Lake will soon be up at 207 Panther Way in Hewitt.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Bumper Stickers Available


Waco Friends of Peace/Climate has a bumper sticker that says "NO TRADINGHOUSE PLANT."  This bumper sticker will be available for free at our monthly meetings, or one can request a free sticker at anorthc@aol.com.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Progressive Film Series: August 16th, 2016

Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next

 

Tuesday, August 16th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime 110 Minutes 

Where to Invade Next is Michael Moore's newest and most powerful film.  Moore produces an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy/documentary in which the Academy Award-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. 
 

"Hilariously funny!  Moore's best yet."--Salon

"One of the most genuinely and valuably patriotic films any American has every made."--Roger Ebert. 

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com  

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Progressive Film Series: July 19th, 2016

Winds of Change


Tuesday, July 19th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6:00 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime 60 Minutes

Winds of Change is a documentary that provides a global overview of the use of wind power and technology. With an emphasis on emerging technologies and public policy, this documentary also looks at  wind farms, wind energy in developing countries, efficiency, economics, and what the future holds. 

This excellent film details research that has found the overall carbon footprint of natural gas power plants may be as large as those of coal fired power plants.  It debunks the concept of natural gas as a "bridge fuel," and relates well to our campaign against Tradinghouse Lake. The growth of renewables is also highlighted, especially wind energy.  

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Progressive Film Series: June 9th, 2016

Racing Extinction
Thursday, June 9th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6:00 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion

Runtime 95 Minutes
 

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, academy award winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) has assembled a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

Racing Extinction is an outstanding film that is enlightening and very entertaining.  It discusses the current 6th mass extinction and the factors producing it:  climate change, the international wildlife trade, and the contributions of diet and agriculture.  It is a visually stunning documentary and is an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. 



"Contrasting the ugliness of destruction with the beauty of its victims is the film’s core aesthetic."
     Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"If a documentary can be both alarming and oddly reassuring, it's the gripping splash of cold cinematic water Racing Extinction."
     Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News


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