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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Break Free From Fossil Fuel Protest, May 14th

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate members joined about 1500 activists in Los Angeles on May 14th for a march in support of global actions to “keep it in the ground.”  The activists marched downtown from City Hall to the offices of SoCal Gas.  Their issues and demands related to urban drilling with human illness, fracking, the Porter Ranch methane release, and oil spills.

This was a well-organized and powerfull action.

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Petition to Stop Tradinghouse Gas Power Plant

Stop Tradinghouse Lake gas plant; bring renewable energy solutions to Central Texas

The proposed Tradinghouse Lake gas-fired power plant could increase ground level ozone pollution, which contributes to asthma and other lung diseases especially in  children, heart disease, school absence, hospitalization, and even death. Half of the gas used in these plants comes from fracking, which is known to contaminate water, increase birth defects, and increase earthquake risk near the fracking sites. Use of  natural gas incurs the risk of pipeline and storage leaks, with air pollution and explosions. And recent studies have shown that the total greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas plants is as large as coal-fired plants, contributing to dangerous global warming.  We ask the City Council to obtain electricity from renewable energy, especially wind and solar, instead of the Tradinghouse Lake plant.  Renewable energy would produce no local pollution or global warming, is price competitive with natural gas, saves water, and would encourage new businesses to locate in Central Texas

This petition will be delivered to the Waco, Texas City Council.
To sign the petition, go to and search "tradinghouse."

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Meeting To Oppose Tradinghouse Lake Gas Plant

DATE: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm
VENUE: Manny's on the River, Mexican Restaurant, 1620 N. MLK, Waco
FOOD: Appetizers provided by hosts, entrée paid by attendees.

A meeting will be held with the goal of forming a coalition to stop the Tradinghouse Lake gas plant and persuade the City of Waco to utilize renewables for coming electricity requirements.

The meeting will be hosted by Alan Northcutt, Jere Locke of The Texas Drought Project, and Mary Landon Darden.  A featured speaker will be Chris Foster, City of Georgetown Manager of Resource Planning and Integration, who played a key role in Georgetown's decision last year to have 100% renewable energy in place by  2017.

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate began the fight against the gas plant and now we hope to broaden the struggle and form a coalition of more citizens from the community to magnify our voices.  And Jere Locke brings experience to this fight from his work with a similar struggle in Austin.

Halting fossil fuel infrastructure is GROUND ZERO in the climate change battle, and Tradinghouse Lake is the infrastructure WE must stop.  We all understand that climate change is a planetary emergency.  Also, from the local standpoint, going to renewable energy to provide power would be very cost effective and would provide relief from ozone pollution.

Please attend Tuesday night and help us win this struggle

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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.