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.

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
TCEQ
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.

                                                                     Sincerely,


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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.
Waco
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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