Waco Friends of the Climate normally meets on the first Monday of the month at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, at 703 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco, with a free buffet followed by a documentary film or a guest speaker.

To subscribe to our email list and learn about our meetings, campaigns and actions, please email anorthc@aol.com

To enter the 4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit in October 2020, please email anorthc@aol.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016


The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and multiple additional organizations will sponsor "UNITED AGAINST TRUMP: INAUGURAL PROTEST,"   6p.m., Friday, January 20, at Heritage Square, Austin Ave. and 4th St., Waco. Please join diverse individuals and organizations on Inauguration Day to protest the policy proposals and administration selections of the President-Elect.  We believe his agenda endangers our country on many issues: climate change, nuclear proliferation, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, minimum wage, economic inequality, healthcare, public education, and net neutrality.  We are deeply concerned about Mr. Trump's lack of qualifications, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, dishonesty, bullying, conflicts of interest, acceptance of sexual assault, and attacks on freedom of speech and on freedom of the press.

Join us for speeches of conscience, poetry, and music by Venus E, Tea Aguilar, and Stumblin' Jaxon.   We will turn a very dark day into a time to express outrage, display our signs, build unity, and amplify our inspiration for the hard work to come over the next 4 years.  We believe it is vital to express clear opposition to Trump's positions on nuclear proliferation and anthropogenic climate change. His proposals represent an existential threat to mankind.

Climate science indicates a global atmospheric limit of 565 gigatons more CO2 to keep global temperature increase to 2°C above the pre-industrial level.  At approximately 30gigatons emissions now, we have only 19 years to halt these emissions through conservation, conversion of our energy system to renewables, and regenerative agriculture.  Thus Mr. Trump's stated plans to return to CO2 intensive energy sources such as coal will severely imperil our ability to make the rapid transition to renewable energy.  In effect, Trump has placed oil company profits above the human need to maintain a livable biosphere.
Further, Mr. Trump has already demonstrated his total lack of concern about climate change and the environment through his nominees for administration positions.  Scott Pruitt, nominated for EPA Administrator, has been an enemy of the agency.  Rex Tillerson, nominated for Secretary of State, headed Exxon Mobile as it concealed climate science and funded climate denial organizations.  Rick Perry, nominated for Secretary of Energy, stated his desire to close the agency and is a supporter of fracking and fossil fuels over renewables.  Ryan Zinke, nominated for Secretary of Interior, has voted repeatedly against protecting our public lands from the fossil fuel industry.
Speakers for the protest are an excellent and diverse group of community leaders:

    1.    Rebecca Farrar, Co-founder Baylor Feminists
    2.    Ernesto Fraga, Publisher of Tiempo
    3.    Christian VanGorder,  Baylor Associate Professor of Religion, and author
    4.    Saddiq Granger, Pres. Black Poet’s Society
    5.    Bill Matta, MCC Chair of English/Speech/Foreign Languages, USAF Retired, 2016
candidate for Congress, District 17   
    6.    Alan Northcutt, Physician and Director, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
    7.    Jenuine Poetess, Pres. Waco Poet’s Society
    8.    Carmen Saenz, Social Worker and President InterWaco
    9.    David Schleicher,  Attorney and Waco-Tribune Herald columnist
  10.    Reggie Singletary, Pres. Baylor NAACP

Please plan now to attend as individuals and organizations.  Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks. and anti-Trump bumper stickers are FREE.   And if your organization would like to endorse this event, please email: anorthc@aol.com

Event endorsed by:
  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
  Baylor Democrats
  Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas

Free Bumper Stickers

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Progressive Film Series: December 20th, 2016


Tuesday, Dec 20th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  90 Minutes

CAPE SPIN!:  AN AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE is the Friends of Peace/Climate film for the month, something positive for the season and for these dark times.  The documentary tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over America's first offshore wind farm.  The film is the recipient of multiple film festival awards and the reviews have been superlative:

   "Sober, lighthearted and even wacky."--The AP
   "Rollicking"--The Boston Phoenix
   "Exasperatingly funny...Spin is a good yarn."--The Boston Globe  


Friends of Peace/Climate members will recall the lecture and demonstration of this sustainable protein source presented by Nathan Allen to our meeting a couple of years ago.  Nathan's work is climate-related because of the difficulty of providing adequate protein to our warming world.  In fact, Nathan has agreed to provide us an update sometime in the future.  And to help advance his educational non-profit, he has recently conducted a fund drive.  If any of our members would like to help out, please go to www.littleherds.org.

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


Sunday, December 11, 2016

WELLS FARGO Divest from DAPL Protest - December 10 in Waco

About 17 dedicated Waco Friends of Peace/Climate activists braved the cold in front of Wells Fargo Bank on Saturday, December 10th in a spirited action to pressure Wells Fargo to divest from investment in DAPL. The demonstration was witnessed by many Waco motorists.  There was great media coverage by TV channels 6, 10 and 25, with interviews largely focused on climate.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


There will be a planning meeting for an inauguration day action on Monday, Dec. 12th, at 6 pm, in a private meeting room at the Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant, 1520 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco.  A buffet meal (at your cost) will be available.

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will coalition with other progressive groups from Central Texas in order to plan a large rally/protest/march on January 20, Inauguration Day.  We will convert a day of mourning into a day of RESISTANCE and UNITY.  We know that Trump's plans on climate are especially deadly, so we must protest on this day. Please join us as we plan strategy for this protest.

PROTEST DEC. 10th -- Wells Fargo: DIVEST From DAPL

There will be a protest action on Saturday, December 10th, from 11 am until 1 pm, on the sidewalk in front of Wells Fargo bank, 1105 Wooded Acres Dr.

We have a victory with President  Obama's announcement that he will not grant the final easement for the DAPL and that an environmental study of the project routes will be undertaken, but we will continue the pressure.  We are in communication with Native American leaders and those planning actions in other Texas cities, and everyone plans to continue the protests.  We don't know the outcome of the route study, and of course, Trump will probably try to force pipeline construction no matter the study outcome.  Of course our goal is to STOP all new pipeline construction.

A large banner will be provided, and people should bring their own individual signs.  We will be there rain or shine -- our conditions could not possibly be as horrendous as those the water protectors in North Dakota suffer!

Monday, November 28, 2016


Alan Northcutt reports the following on his year-long experience with a photovoltaic solar system at his home:

Solar panels, also called photovoltaic cells, were installed on my roof around New Year’s Day 2016.  Since that time my average electricity bill has been $3.13.  In fact, for 3 of those months my bill was $0.00. Yes, $0.00.  So I would like to share my amazing experience with solar energy through a practical overview applicable to Central Texas.

Cost:  Although the exact price of a home solar system depends on multiple variables, I will provide a general example for illustration. Importantly, now is an excellent time to go solar in light of plummeting panel prices and available incentives.  A 7.5kW system (producing about 850kWh per month) has an invoice price of approximately $25,000.  If the home is within their service area, ONCOR’s generous incentive would lower the purchase price to $20,000.  And at income tax time, the 30% federal tax credit of $6000 would further lower the final price to only $14,000.  The average time to pay for a system with electric bill savings is 7 to 8 years.  After that, the system generates income, through these lower or absent electric bills.

Obstacles:  The primary requirement is that the roof be unobstructed by trees or other objects. (But if an obstruction exists, many installers erect ground based solar arrays in the customer’s backyard.) A south facing roof generates maximum energy, but is not mandatory.  Finally, homeowners’ associations will often assert that rooftop solar is not allowed.  Fortunately, this claim is false, and these associations are not able to restrict solar installations in Texas.  In reality, solar panels are not an aesthetic detriment to the roof. Their sleek, black futuristic appearance is actually an improvement over mundane gray shingles. 

Installation:  Waco is fortunate to have an excellent, experienced local installer in Holtek Solar, my provider.  One advantage of a local business is the rapid attention paid to any questions or problems.  Another option is Freedom Solar, based in Austin, which offers a no money down plan, with monthly payments.  Installation involves attaching the panels to the roof, attaching the inverter (converts DC to usable AC) to an outside wall, and wiring the system components, connecting to the existing electric service.  The process surprisingly only takes a couple of days.
Operation:  One delight of home solar is monitoring the function of the system.  Through one’s computer or smart phone app, the system data is displayed: weather conditions; daily output graph; weekly, monthly and annual outputs; individual panel generation; and cumulative cost savings in dollars.  And through net metering, the excess production during the sunny hours is credited by the grid provider, lowering one’s electricity bill. 
Maintenance.   With no moving parts, solar panels are essentially care free.  If the data monitor does show an output drop from a given panel, a cleansing spray of water is corrective.  But in 10 months of operation, my system has required no maintenance. 
Rationale:  In conclusion, the reasons to install rooftop solar are multiple:
  • Once the system cost is recovered, monthly electricity bill savings represent income.   Further, the systems are guaranteed to produce 80% of initial output for 25 years!
  • Home value may increase 3 to 4% upon the addition of rooftop solar systems, according to a 2011 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Conversion of the world’s energy system to renewables is a race against time, to avoid climate change catastrophe.  Installation of residential solar is a powerful contribution toward winning this race.  
  • The immediate lightening of one’s greenhouse gas footprint is a potent step to combat anthropogenic climate change. 
  • Decreasing the use of fossil fuel energy helps combat its serious health impacts, including lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and 30,100 premature US deaths per year.  

 “Sunshine is Nature’s hug and spirit breath to the earth,” wrote Terri Guillemets.  I concur with this sentiment, and invite others to consider powering their homes with this limitless, clean, zero carbon resource. 

Alan D. Northcutt, M.D., is a local physician and director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate (www.friendsofpeace.org)

Friday, November 18, 2016

NO DAPL Action Successful

The NO DAPL action hosted by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate on November 15th at the Federal Courthouse in Waco was a huge success, with participation by over 35 people and media coverage by two TV stations and the Waco Trib.

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

NO DAPL PROTEST - Global Day of Action

On Tuesday, November 15th, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will host a protest action in front of the United States Federal Courthouse at 800 Franklin Ave in Waco.  The action will last from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.

This event will be part of the actions around the world on November 15.  The NO DAPL movement is the biggest issue at this moment in the climate change community.  It is a REAL issue for the Standing Rock Sioux people, as they work to protect their water and sacred sites.  It is a REAL issue as the science tells us we must build NO more new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to have hopes of surviving climate change.  And it has become symbolic of our struggle: the people and science against the greed of the fossil fuel corporations. 

And with the election of climate change denier Donald Trump as President November 8, we must work even harder the next four years, starting immediately.  This protest is the perfect opportunity to express our commitment to defeating the environmentally destructive policies Trump has promised. 

  • This will be a legal protest on a public sidewalk.  We have informed the Courthouse personnel in order to avoid conflict.  No need to fear arrest.
  • We will provide the giant banner.  Please express yourself by bringing your own sign.
  • We expect a sunny pleasant day, but bring gear in case of rain.  We will protest, rain or shine.  The Standing Rock Sioux have endured attack by dog--we can survive a little bad weather. 
  • We start at 4pm because of Courthouse hours.  But come whenever you can:  your presence is what matters. 
  • Dinner at a downtown restaurant after would be great if members agree.
  • The protest serves as our November meeting.  PLEASE join us and help create a huge crowd.  If you have never joined a protest before, I encourage you to take part--you will never regret doing the right thing.  Let's fill up the sidewalk.
  • Questions:  contact Alan Northcutt at anorthc@aol.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Letter to Waco Meteorologists

The following letter was signed by attendees at the October meeting of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and sent to the weathermen at Channels 6 and 25 in Waco:
As citizens of Central Texas, we would respectfully request that you include information in your weather broadcasts connecting weather to climate change. We recognize that many local residents rely on television weather forecasts, and that you have a large and loyal following. Thus you have a great opportunity to inform citizens about the serious challenge of climate change. Please consider the following:
  • Anthropogenic climate change is a crisis according to the best science, and thus we have a responsibility to educate the public on this topic.
  • The American Meteorological Society completely embraces the science of climate change.  Their websites contains publications by the AMS, such as "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective." 
  • Central Texas has experienced very hot weather this past summer, and July and August 2016 are tied for globally the hottest months in recorded history.
  • Waco experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2015 and 2016.  May 2015 was the wettest single month on record in Texas.  Climate science has predicted heavier rainfalls, as the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. 
Although the nations of the world are united to combat climate change through the Paris Agreement, history informs us that major change also depends on an informed populace demanding action. You have an excellent opportunity to educate viewers by making the connection between weather and climate change. Thank you for taking action on this vital and urgent issue.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Progressive Film Series: October 18th, 2016

The Brainwashing of My Dad

Wednesday, October 18th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  89 Minutes

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will show "The Brainwashing of My Dad,” the just-released award-winning documentary, which details the conversion of a sane moderate Democrat to a right-wing fanatic through the power of conservative media and talk radio. The film deals with details of the Fairness Doctrine, forces behind the media expansion, and the power of misinformation and division. 

   "Fascinating" -- Examiner.com

   "Should be required viewing for everybody." -- Tony Trupiano

   "It's about all of us." -- David Alm, Forbes 

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Sunday, October 02, 2016


It has been noted that local weather people do not discuss climate change during their broadcasts.  Clearly these broadcasts are great opportunities to help educate viewers about climate change—as it relates to extreme weather, for example. Thus we will begin a coordinated effort to influence these meteorologists to regularly add climate to their discussion.

Please contact Channel 6 TV Chief Meteorologist Andy Andersen.  Email (aandersen@kcentv.com) should be the primary contact method, with Facebook through the KCENTV page a secondary approach.

Basically, we wish Mr. Andersen to include anthropogenic climate change at the appropriate time in his broadcasts, such as during discussions of record heat and flooding in Central Texas. Everyone should write in their own words, but here are a few points you may wish to include:

  • Anthropogenic climate change is a crisis according to the best science, and thus we have a   responsibility to educate the public on this topic.
  • The American Meteorological Society completely embraces the science of climate change.  Their websites contains publications by the AMS, such as "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective." 
  •  Central Texas has experienced very hot weather this past summer, and July and August 2016 are tied for globally the hottest months in recorded history.
  • Waco experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2015 and 2016.  May 2015 was the wettest single month on record in Texas.  Climate science has predicted heavier rainfalls, as the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. 
  •  By educating citizens on climate science, the weather broadcaster can play an important role in the battle to preserve a livable planet for us all.
Mr. Andersen should be contacted as soon as possible.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Progressive Film Series: September 20th, 2016

Climate Change and Weather:  The Latest Science

Tuesday, September 20th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:   59 Minutes 


Climate Change and Weather:  The Latest Science, is an excellent educational video.  Topics covered include actual temperature criteria for human death from increased temperatures, definitive attribution of extreme weather events to climate change, and climate change impacts as visualized from outer space.

The mantra we all know is "specific weather events" cannot be attributed to climate change.  But, as this film demonstrates, the latest science reveals that we can make these strong connections.

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016


WHY: Waco Friends of Peace/Climate supports the national Day of Action called by 350.org.  We act as allies in solidarity with the indigenous protectors in North Dakota.  The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes are protecting the water and their sacred sites from destruction by the pipeline company.  Also, we oppose this pipeline and ALL new fossil fuel infrastructure as we must urgently convert our energy system to renewables.  Our voices to President Obama:  Retract the permits and end construction now.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm.

WHERE:  Corner of Valley Mills Drive and Waco Drive, near Pei Wei restaurant.

LOGISTICS: We will provide the megabanner and some small signs. Make your signs also.  Focus on addressing President Obama.  Although the legal process is ongoing, the President has the power to halt the pipeline construction now.  Some suggested messages:  WATER IS LIFE--#NO DAPL.  PEOPLE OVER PIPELINES--#NO DAPL,  PRESIDENT OBAMA:  STOP DAPL NOW.

LEGALITY:  This will be a completely legal protest.  We have used this site many times before.  No civil disobedience is planned.  If you have not attended a protest previously, please join us.  You will feel satisfaction knowing you are doing the right thing:  supporting the indigenous people whose land is being ravaged and speaking up for the health of our biosphere.  Your children and grandchildren will benefit from your efforts.

Successful Dakota Access Pipeline Action Held

The action on Tuesday, September 13, took place as planned and was highly successful.  Upwards of twenty people participated, and many people were exposed to the message.  Channel 10 did a segment on the action on the 10 o'clock news that night.


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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Flores Town Hall Meeting Protest

A number of activists gathered outside Rep. Bill Flores' town hall meeting at TSTC on Wednesday, August 31st, to protest his deplorable record on climate change.  Although ignored by local media, the demonstration was successful.

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

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 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.

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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.

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

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.
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.
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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