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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town. FEAT meets every second Monday of the month at 7pm. Look for the invites on the FEAT page.

Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

  • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
  • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
  • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
  • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
  • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

Has shale gas production peaked? I is starting to look like that: every US region produces less than on peak. The totals are coming down albeit slowly. See more about this at: www.eia.gov/naturalgas/weekly/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The value proposition of storage: here is a good example of a multi-element value from Massachusetts. The value is different in different markets, but the principles and elements itself are the same ... See MoreSee Less

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This year’s sea ice extent has bottomed out as the second lowest on record. March saw the lowest sea ice maximum ever recorded followed by a string of record low months. The Northwest Passage opened up, allowing a luxury cruise ship to travel from Anchorage to New York. And a freak storm in August turned ice thin and brittle near the North Pole.

Satellites show the last seven months of sea ice and reveal its steep decline this year.
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Our solar power: the first 600,000 solar panels that Austin Energy contracted for are up and running.

Far west Texas has a lot going for it. Big skies, stark desert landscapes and now one of Texas’ largest solar plants currently under construction. When finished by the end of this year, Austin Energy will be purchasing all the clean, renewable power produced by the plant. Check out this video to learn more about the construction progress happening near Ft. Stockton, Texas.
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How big is a wind turbine? One European project installed a 6MW turbine in a project that is 20% crowdfunded. One of these babies will produce power for 2100 American or 6000 European families.

Most wind turbines as smaller, 2-3 MW.
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Sheep like better weather though, but still, they pair well with renewable energy landscaping. ... See MoreSee Less

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