Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

News: Data and records obtained by the Current show that between January 1, 2013, and early October of this year the San Antonio... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta and Elaine Wolff 10/22/2014
Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Food & Drink: There was a special kind of draw at Alamo Ice House on a recent Tuesday evening. A handful of weeks after opening its... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/22/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

Food & Drink: Cheesy Jane’s. Multiple locations, If the name is any indicator, this San Antonio staple doesn’t mess around when it comes to... By Tommie Ethington 10/22/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

The QueQue

The QueQue: Children’s climate crusade, Intelligent design on the march, Principals are the real school bullies?, A lot of frackin’ water

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Texas Water Development Board estimates for the oilfield ‘fracking’ of South Texas’ Eagle Ford shale.

Children’s climate crusade

Commissioners with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality uniformly (3-0) rejected a petition by a (adult-aided) children’s movement calling on the state to take action on climate change, but watch for an appeal to hit this week.

The petition led by Kids vs. Global Warming, founded by a 12-year-old Californian, and Our Children’s Trust argues that Texas — the most greenhouse-gas polluting state in the nation — has the responsibility to interrupt and dampen dangerous changes in the global climate underway — changes “to be felt most by today’s young people and the unborn … people who have no possibility of protecting their own rights and their future well-being.”

The group specifically requested that the state adopt a greenhouse-gas reduction plan and begin reducing its total contribution by 6 percent per year by 2013.

On June 27, TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw wrote that the state has a fundamental disagreement with the EPA over “how, or if” greenhouse gases should be regulated. He argues that changes in one state, or a collection of states, did not have the power to affect climate change. Thus, we are left to extrapolate: combating climate change is a hopeless endeavor.

San Antonio has not taken the same position. Our revitalized push for clean (greenhouse-gas free) energy under Mayor Julián Castro and CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby includes plans to close our dirtiest coal plant, while purchasing power from a proposed “clean” coal plant to be built outside Odessa. But how tied the Summit Power project is to the effective elimination of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is unclear. Summit plans on capturing more than 90 percent of its CO2 to sell to oil companies to use in teasing up remaining oil reserves in declining wells. However, with Republicans in Congress seeking to dismantle the little progress that has been made on climate policy, it could ultimately be left to CPS and Summit how seriously to treat the carbon disposal.


Intelligent design on the march

It would seem Texas and Chuck Darwin are just not cut out for each other. As the State Board of Education goes into a fresh round of meetings, they are led by new Perry-appointee Barbara Cargill. And the religious-right watchdog group Texas Freedom Network lost no time outing her for stoking the fires of division on the board. In a videotaped address before a Texas Eagle Forum this month, TFN noted, Cargill questioned the faith and politics of her fellow board members, insisting she was one of only “six true conservative Christians on the board.”

Cargill takes the lead as the SBOE decides this week on supplemental science materials for public schools. Cargill, herself a longtime science teacher, pushed in 2009 to nominate an outside intelligent-design creationist to the board’s science standards review panel, helping introduce language pointing out the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution into classroom material. While Democrats and moderate Republicans on the board voted against the language, Cargill and the board’s social-conservative block managed to water down textbooks’ focus on evolution.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus