The Friends of Peace meet monthly, the second Thursday 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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day Action

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, in observation of Earth Day, will distribute free reusable grocery bags from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, April 23, at the Downtown Farmers' Market.  The reusable bags protect the environment, since single-use plastic grocery bags produce local litter, contaminate the oceans, cause injury to animals, contribute to climate change, are seldom recycled,  and take 1000s of year to degrade.


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Friday, April 08, 2016

Lecture by Jere Locke of the Texas Drought Project

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Poppa Rollos Pizza, Waco
6:00pm: Business and vegetarian pizza/salad buffet
6:30pm: Lecture followed by discussion


The April FOP meeting will feature a presentation by Jere Locke of the Texas Drought Project, entitled "WHY STOPPING THE PROPOSED GAS PLANT IS IMPORTANT.”  Mr. Locke's presentation will support our campaign to prevent construction of a new natural gas plant at Tradinghouse Lake near Waco.  He will provide background on the dangers of fracking, including GHG emissions, water use and destruction, and health hazards to those in the shale area.  He will also discuss renewable alternatives, and their emissions, water use, and health impacts.  Important data on the current costs of renewables vs. fossil fuels will be presented and will be useful to our project on Tradinghouse.

Mr. Locke has worked with the Drought Project for the last two years and also worked with the Austin Solar Sí-Gas No Coalition, which waged a successful campaign to utilize more renewables and stop a proposed Austin gas plant.  Thus the situation in Austin is similar to what we face in Waco.  Please attend for the education and help us honor Mr. Locke with a sizable audience.  FREE lecture and pizza/salad buffet.

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The April 2nd Town Hall of Mr. Flores in Waco was a unique opportunity to clearly inform the Congressman that his climate change positions do NOT represent his constituents.  Near the event entrance, several members held a huge banner stating "DEFEAT CLIMATE DENIER FLORES."  His public statements on climate change indicate that he does not accept the reality and existential threat of climate change.  His environmental voting score with the League of Conservation Voters is 4%. 

All attendees had to pass near our banner to enter the venue and we were informed that Mr. Flores did see our message!  Clearly, we were able to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER.  Also, the Waco Trib published a photo of our action, and a response from the Congressman claiming he is NOT a climate science denier. 

Anytime our message strongly reaches our "Representative," and the local newspaper carries any discussion of this most vital issue--we have been successful. Thanks to the dedicated activists who helped in this protest.

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Friday, April 01, 2016


WHEN:  Monday, April 4, 5:30-7:00pm.

WHERE:  At University High School on New Road.  We will meet near the side entrance on Old Robinson Road, assembling on the sidewalk next to the road, near the entrance, which leads directly to the Auditorium. The Auditorium is site of the Town Halll ( 6-7pm).

DETAILS:  On the sidewalk, this is a totally legal action. There should be many people entering to attend the Town Hall. We will provide a huge banner with a message like "DEFEAT DENIER FLORES." However, everyone is encouraged to express their feelings and make their own signs.

WHY:  Of our projects, interfacing the legislative contingent is vital. Bold governmental action will be required to preserve a livable biosphere. Unfortunately, climate deniers like Rep. Flores are obstructing needed action, such as a carbon fee and dividend.  Thus this Town Hall is an excellent opportunity to call our Mr. Flores on his totally unacceptable positions on anthropogenic climate disruption.  And hopefully he will be defeated in November.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

TCEQ Letter

The following letter was sent by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate to the Chief Clerk of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality:

Office of the Chief Clerk
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building F
Austin, TX 78753
March 10, 2016

Dear Chief Clerk,
   As citizens of the Waco area we would like to request a hearing to oppose the natural gas plants at Tradinghouse Lake, near Waco, which have permits pending now: 110357, PSDTX1452, and GHGPSDTX132.
    We live near the proposed site at Tradinghouse Lake and our opposition to this facility is the following:
   1)Ozone precursor emissions from the plant would affect the air quality of Waco and surrounding communities. Higher ozone levels may cause liver dysfunction, inflammation, susceptibility to infections, cardiac effects,respiratory symptoms, asthma attacks, school absence in children, increased hospital admissions, and even death.
   2)The Clean Power Plan will be applied to the State of Texas, requiring limits to greenhouse gas emissions.  Therefore, the construction of this plant would impact the State’s ability to satisfy the requirements of this law.
   3)Although natural gas plants may have lower CO2 emissions than coal fired plants, overall emissions must be considered.  Much of the natural gas utilized in the plant would be derived from a fracking facility.  Studies have found that for fracked gas to have lower emissions than coal when used in a power plant, the methane leaked must be only 1-3% of total gas produced.  Unfortunately, studies have found that the leakage rate averages about 10%.  Therefore, natural gas plants often result in a higher level of total greenhouse gas emissions than coal fired plants and are not a suitable “bridge fuel.”
    4)Therefore, it is not prudent at this time to build a natural gas facility.  The State of Texas should focus on clean renewable energy production instead.  The State has tremendous potential to expand its solar and wind industries.  We believe that these should be built rather than a natural gas facility at this time.
    We request a hearing so that the relevant environmental impacts of the proposed natural gas plant be fully evaluated.   Thank you for your attention to this issue.







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Monday, March 07, 2016

Progressive Film Series: March 10th, 2016

Earth Under Water

Thursday, March 10th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6:00 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 45 minutes

The March documentary is Earth Under Water, which is based on research by NASA astro-biologist and paleontologist Professor Peter Ward and a group of respected American climatologists. This short (45 minutes) film explores the escalating consequences should the atmosphere’s CO2 levels treble over the next 100 to 300 years, as has been predicted.  Step by step, it paints a chilling picture of the world as the sea levels rise from between one and 70 meters.

The film also questions experts and politicians about what measures can be taken now to stop the current rise of CO2 emissions, and explores how extreme engineering will buy us time.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Progressive Film Series: February 11th, 2016

This Changes Everything

Thursday, February 11th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 89 Minutes

This outstanding film was produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein's bestselling book of the same name, and was filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years.  This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.  The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.  The cinematography is stunning, and the educational impact is profound.

“A film that brings our peril into focus and what we might learn from despair.”
    – Alice Walker, author and activist

“The realization that a solution is possible, well, that changes everything”
    – Globe & Mail

“Klein and Lewis paint a picture of a post-fossil-fueled, post-capitalist future that seems not only within reach, but like a place where we actually want to live”
    – YES Magazine

“Klein and those impassioned protesters provide something that has been in short supply in the predecessors — namely, a modicum of hope for the future”
    – LA Times

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