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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Letter to Senator Cornyn



At the November 13th meeting of the Waco Friends of Peace at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, the following letter to Senator John Cornyn was circulated among the attendees and signed by about 25 people:



The Honorable Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510

Dear Senator Cornyn,

As citizens of the state of Texas, we call on you to vote AGAINST any bill or statement that calls for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The reasons for our opposition include:

Utilization of the Tar Sands crude would produce a massive volume of greenhouse gases, precluding a successful fight against global warming.

Completion of the pipeline would add to the destruction of the natural beauty of the Canadian tar  sands sites, including First Nation property.
 
The pipeline company has a horrible safety record, with 14 recent spills.  A spill or leak on this pipeline route would endanger vital natural resources in the USA, including the Ogallala aquifer. Previous spills of dilbit have produced severe long term damage, on the Kalamazoo River and in Mayflower, Arkansas. 

The financial benefit of the pipeline would accrue largely to TransCanada only, with just 35 permanent jobs created in the USA.The Tar Sands product is destined for export, thus not benefitting US oil security.

The refinery site on the Gulf Coast would suffer more air pollution, and greater deaths in this “cancer alley” region.  Construction of the pipeline would commit the USA to 50 years of further production of fossil fuels, when the IPCC scientists have clearly stated we must quickly convert from these fuels to clean, renewable energy sources.

Our focus and resources must instead go to advancement of renewable energy production. 

As our Senator, we call on you to vote AGAINST this destructive and unnecessary pipeline.

Sincerely,
 
Email to anorthc@aol.com to be placed on the Friends of Peace email list. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waco Friends of Peace Video from NYC Climate March

Here is a link to a video prepared by a couple of Waco Friends of Peace members recounting their experience at the Peoples Climate Change March and events that took place in New York City the weekend of Sept 21, 2014.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Progressive Film Series: November 13th, 2014

BLACK ICE: GREENPEACE VS ARCTIC DRILLING

Thursday, November 13th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N.Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 53 Minutes


Greenpeace is one of the top environmental organizations, and it does not compromise with the fossil fuel industries as have some of the big greens.  The film tells the story of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, which sailed to the Arctic in 2013 to protest Russian oil drilling within the Arctic Ocean.  The entire group of activists and crew of the ship were seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces and held in a Russian jail.  The "Arctic 30" gained international attention as environmental and human rights leaders from around the world called for their release.  BLACK ICE is an intense portrayal of this drama, filmed live during the protest and arrests.

Email to anorthc@aol.com to be placed on the Friends of Peace email list.