If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

September Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: An Update on "Fracking" in Texas

Click here to listen to the archived recording of this call.

Click here to download additional resources about fracking, courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," for oil and natural gas, is highly contentious in other parts of the country--but it's been going on in Texas for years. North and South Texas are both hot spots for drilling, and local communities have approached the practice in different ways. The state has weighed in, too--during the 2011 legislative session, Texas Impact helped pass legislation requiring companies to disclose the types of chemicals and amount of water used in the drilling process.

For our September interfaith environmental conference call, we'll take a look at "fracking." We are excited to welcome Virginia Palacios of the Environmental Defense Fund, who will give us an overview of hydraulic fracturing in Texas--where it's happening, environmental effects, updates on regulation, and a look ahead to possible related legislation during the 2013 session. 

Take the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's time to enter the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge, a national contest to recognize “Cool Congregations” that are becoming energy efficient and sustainable role models within their communities.

All qualifying entries will receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing. In addition, cash prizes of $1,000 will go to winning contestants in each category:

Fort Worth Religious Leaders Testify at Cement Kiln Hearing, Call on EPA to Protect Our Health, Without Delay

Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light Leaders Testify at Nation’s Only Public Hearing to Consider the Delay and Weakening of Toxic Air Pollution Emission Standards for Cement Kiln Plants

August 16, 2012

Fort Worth, TX – Members of Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light (FWIPL) testify today in Arlington, TX at the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for cement manufacturing.

The new proposed EPA rules would weaken regulations on particulate matter, or soot, from cement kilns and would delay implementation of new emissions standards by two years. Particulate matter emissions cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes and may cause lung cancer. A two year delay of this standard endangers the lives of as many as 5,000 people.

Creating a Local, Interfaith Environmental Network in San Antonio - TXIPL Presentation October 11, 2012

Texas is a big state! In order to provide an effective religious response to our shared environmental challenges, we need local teams on the ground in cities and regions across the state. Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) supports the development of local, interfaith environmental networks—and is coming to San Antonio to start the conversation.

Amanda Yaira Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation on Thursday, October 11th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in San Antonio. Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.

TXIPL Webinar: ENERGY STAR and Portfolio Manager for Congregations

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Join us on Wednesday, August 29th from noon-1pm central time for a special webinar to learn how houses of worship can use the free, online Portfolio Manager tool to measure and track energy use. Register for this free webinar here.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tools and resources that can help your congregation take serious steps toward reducing its carbon footprint. According to the EPA's ENERGY STAR for Congregations program, most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance.

On August 29th, we will learn more about the ENERGY STAR for Congregations program and how Texas congregations can access its tools and resources.

TXIPL in Fort Worth August 13th: Preparing for the EPA Hearing on Cement Kiln Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday, August 3rd that it will hold one public hearing to collect input on its proposed two-year delay of implenting new cement kiln emissions rules. That hearing will be in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, August 16, 2012. Details and links to more information about the proposed regulations and the public hearing are below.

On Monday, August 13th, Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light will devote part of its regular meeting to preparing people of faith to speak at the hearing. Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact and Amanda Yaira Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light, will offer messaging training for people of faith, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Keystone XL Pipeline: An Update

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is back in the news. The U.S. State Department is indicating that it will not include climate change among the top impacts of this dangerous project that would destroy Canada’s boreal forests while unlocking some of the most polluting oil on Earth.

Ten leading climate scientists wrote Secretary Clinton recently, noting how "the vast volumes of carbon in the tar sands ensure that they will play an important role in whether or not climate change gets out of hand." If objective scientists are alarmed enough to speak up, then we, as people of faith, must act. The science is clear: This project poses an unacceptable risk to God’s creation.

Faith in the Process: The EPA Carbon Proposed Rule

 

Right now, the public has a golden opportunity to let its voice be heard on a key resolution that would pave the way for cleaner air in coming years. From now, until June 25th, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is gathering comments on a proposal that would limit the CO2 emissions of coal plants constructed after the new standards go into effect. No such limits exist today on the national level and the proposal would not affect existing plants or those built within the next twelve months.

Please take a moment to voice your support for these standards here, or continue reading to learn more.    

June Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: The EPA, Global Warming, and You

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Our June interfaith environmental conference call will be Wednesday, June 20th from 12 to 1 p.m. For this call, we are excited to welcome guest presenter Tyler Edgar, the Assistant Director of the Climate and Energy Campaign from the National Council of Churches’ Eco Justice Program. Tyler heads the Council’s work to address global warming, is a seasoned organizer, and was a UPS Scholar at Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School Non-Profit Bridge Program. She holds a B.A. in environmental policy from Colby College and is an active Episcopalian.

Tyler will be giving us information about the higher carbon emission standards recently proposed by the EPA why their adoption is so vital for America’s future. We will also learn about the many health implications linked to high carbon emissions, along with ways people can engage such issues on local and national levels.

May Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: Changes to the Open Beaches Act

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The Texas Open Beaches Act has guaranteed public access to Texas beaches for decades, but a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling prioritizes private property rights over public access in some cases when the beachfront moves inland. Given that global warming conditions mean that storms will be more frequent and severe, and that coastlines in general will be moving inland, this new ruling poses some interesting questions about our beaches.

For our May interfaith environmental conference call, we are excited to welcome Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Endowed Chair for Marine Policy and Law of the Harte Research Institute, Gulf of Mexico Studies at the Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Dr. McLaughlin will offer a briefing about the Texas Open Beaches Act--its history and purpose, and the recent changes it's seen in court. Together, we'll wonder what these changes mean for the future of Texas beaches.

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