Big Bend is where I take my spirit for a hike. Had to cancel this spring’s trip – right in the peak of the cactus season. Next best thing to do was organize my favorite photos from the last fifteen years into a slideshow celebrating its vitality and beauty. Have a look. I hope you… Continue reading Virtual Big Bend – Sure missed hiking there this spring . . .
Our worst polluting plants are shutting down. Decker’s two natural gas steam units, built in the 1970’s, are closing in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Our one third share of the toxic Fayette coal plant will close at the end of 2022. How and how fast can we eliminate the rest of the carbon from Austin’s… Continue reading Austin Energy Working Group Pushes Carbon Endgame
How soon can Austin kick the carbon habit? This year Austin Energy (AE) and engaged citizens’ groups again meet to plan Austin’s energy future. How can we move forward on climate goals and keep rates affordable at the same time? How can we eliminate carbon from our electricity? Nine scenarios are being modeled for Austin’s… Continue reading When Will Austin Kick the Smoking Habit? Austin’s Energy Generation Plan Studies Due January 30th
We have come a long way in Austin to clean up our electric energy carbon footprint. Part of this is still in the works. Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate what hasn’t quite happened yet. This chart by Austin Energy COO Charles Dickerson – shared with the Electric Utility Commission last November – shows the transition… Continue reading Austin’s Energy Plan: Why I’m Optimistic.
Today’s students have deep understanding the climate crisis on their lives and are articulate in their demands for action. Here’s a recap of last Friday’s student strike – and two videos I did to carry their message forward. One it the rally at the Texas Capitol – the other a press conference discussing their demands.… Continue reading Austin Student Climate Strike – Sept 20, 2019
I know we need some good news. As we begin to work on an updated Generation Plan for Austin’s energy, we are in the middle of a solar land rush! Texas, as you likely know, has its own electric grid – managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – aka ERCOT. Since 2014, utility… Continue reading Solar Land Rush in Texas!
Quick one-question survey: Do you support having our nation’s Incredibly dangerous nuclear wastes in the hands of TCEQ and Waste Control Specialists (WCS), a private company whose founder, Harold Simmons, was Rick Perry’s #2 all-time leading donor? Do you support burial of hot Greater-Than-Class C radioactive waste in shallow graves and above-ground storage of the… Continue reading Chernobyl on the Texas Plains
New website launch – albradenphoto.com – with thousands of photos easy to search, including Texas Wildflowers and Cacti, Big Bend Area, Austin, San Antonio, Energy, Connecticut River and much more. This fresh site is much more responsive. Take a click or two and enjoy! I’ll make more posts as more photos are added. Let me… Continue reading Fresh Launch: AlBradenPhoto.com