LCRA Sunset Review – Time for Action!

LCRA Sunset Review – Time for Action!

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) owns and operates Fayette Coal Plant. The Texas Legislature is conducting a Sunset Review of LCRA this month, with several opportunities for public comment. Now’s our chance to tell them what we think!

Take action now:

Submit a written comment on the TX Sunset Review website by December 15, 2018. Use our sample template and talking points to help craft your message.

Give testimony in person at the Capitol on December 12, 2018. Please contact us if you would like help with messaging.

Our demands:

Environmental & Community Health: LCRA must develop a plan to sunset Fayette and stop poisoning our air and water. The health of the Central Texas community depends on it.

Planning for the Future: LCRA has no long-term environmental plan in place. We demand a plan that takes climate change and population growth into account.

Transparency: The people of Texas deserve to know about LRCA’s electric generation resources, especially Fayette Coal Plant. The Sunset Commission should include LCRA’s electric generation and transmission operations in the Sunset Review process. We demand that the first Sunset Review of LCRA electric operations occur within three years.

Financial Responsibility: Coal plants are a losing financial investment. Fayette will be a money loser – not a cash cow.

Good Government: LCRA must stay out of the groundwater drilling business and stick to managing our rivers. Keep groundwater aquifers intact for future generations!

More info:

LCRA Sunset Review overview – learn about the Sunset Review process and how to submit public comments

Defend Lost Pines Aquifers – white paper on LCRA’s “groundwater grab” in Bastrop & Lee Counties

Lost Pines Coalition members testimony at the LCRA board meeting on November 14, 2018.

Thank you to Al Braden for preparing these resources!

350 Austin November Events

350 Austin November Events

This November, we’re giving thanks for YOU – our friends and supporters. Thank you for your work towards a sustainable, carbon-free future. Every single person counts in the struggle against climate change. We are all in this together!

Here’s a roundup of upcoming 350 Austin events. Hope y’all can join us!

350 Austin November Open Meeting – TEMPORARY NEW VENUE

Tuesday, November 20 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Wildflower Church – 1314 E. Oltorf St.

Feeling scared about climate change? You are not alone!
This month, we’re facing an especially somber crop of climate news, particularly the recent IPCC climate report and new research on rapid ocean-warming. Let’s gather to share our reactions and feelings about the latest headlines. We’ll discuss our concerns, then brainstorm ways we can transform our energy into action through our local campaigns.

Please note the change in location for this meeting: Wildflower Church. We will be back at our usual meeting venue (First UU Church) in December.

More info & RSVP

Austin City Government Meetings

One of the ways you can take action locally is to attend a City of Austin government meeting. Let’s make Austin fossil-free fast! Wear your 350 Austin shirt to show our elected officials that you’re expecting them to take action too.

Please arrive early if you’d like to speak during the Citizen Communications period at the start of each meeting. First time speaking at a city government meeting? Let us know and we can help with messaging!

Resource Management Commission (RMC)
Tuesday, November 13 – 6:30 pm
Town Lake Center – 721 Barton Springs Rd.
The RMC advises City Council on alternative/renewable energy resources and conservation.

Electric Utility Commission (EUC)
Monday, November 19 – 6:00 pm
Town Lake Center – 721 Barton Springs Rd.
The EUC advises City Council regarding oversight of Austin Energy.

Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee (AEUOC)
Wednesday, November 28 – 1:30 pm
Austin City Hall – 301 W. Second St.
The AEUOC is comprised of the Mayor and all City Council members.

Joint Sustainability Committee (JSC)
Wednesday, November 28 – 6:00 pm
Austin City Hall – 301 W. Second St.
The JSC is comprised of representatives of several commissions and advises City Council on matters relating to conservation and sustainability.

350 Austin Reading Group

Tuesday, November 27 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Cepeda Library – 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.

Our Reading Group meets every Fourth Tuesday of the month to discuss articles related to climate change and sustainability. Please watch the 350 Austin Facebook page for selected readings.

350 Austin December Happy Hour

Thursday, December 6 – 6:30-9:00 pm
Stella Public House Mueller – 1905 Aldrich St. #110

Calling all friends of 350 Austin, new and old! Join us for food, drinks, and conversation at our monthly First Thursday happy hour. Come meet others who are taking action locally in the global climate movement. Bring a friend!
Stella Public House is an all-ages restaurant. All are welcome!

More info & RSVP

Fossil Free Pledge Photo Gallery

Earlier this summer, we wrote about 350 Austin member Mickey Fetonte’s Fossil Free Pledge quest. Mickey is traveling around Texas collecting pledge signatures from candidates for local, state, and national offices. As part of the pledge, candidates promise to not accept campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. So far, Mickey has collected signatures from 113 115 121 122 124 129 candidates. Way to go!

Below is a photo gallery documenting Mickey’s progress. Click on an image to view the full-size photo. We’ll continue to update the gallery with new photos as Mickey collects pledges from more candidates. Check back often!


Don’t see your local candidates in the gallery? For more information about the pledge campaign and how to become a signature collector like Mickey, visit the No Fossil Fuel Money website.

100 Texas Candidates Sign “No Fossil Fuel Money” Pledge

100 Texas Candidates Sign “No Fossil Fuel Money” Pledge

Our dedicated member Mickey Fetonte is on a mission: Get candidates for local, state, and national offices to sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. From February 4 to June 22, Mickey personally collected pledge signatures from 96 Texas candidates. Four other Texas candidates signed the pledge through other channels, bringing the grand total to 100 candidates. Thanks for your great work, Mickey!

350 Austin Book Discussion

350 Austin Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 27 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM  Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, Texas 78702

Mike Ignatowski will lead us in a discussion of “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want”, by Francis Moore Lappe.

“An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump’s victory, ‘What do we do now?'”.

Here is Moore Lappe’s website:

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP or to invite your friends.

350 Austin Book Club – 1/9/2018

350 Austin Book Club – 1/9/2018

January 9, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, Texas 78723

Ashley Dawson is now safely back in frigid NYC, but the conversation around his new book continues. Whether you had a chance to attend our “Meet the Author” event or heard him on KOOP Radio last week, you will want to join 350 Austin as we gather to discuss Extreme Cities and the implications it has for Austin. Professor Dawson has done an outstanding job of clarifying how justice issues (racial, economic,social) intersect with the rapidly growing danger of climate change.

Mike Ignatowski will lead the discussion. It is not necessary for you to have read the book to contribute to the conversation.

So, let’s get 2018 off to a good start by thinking about how we can work together to strengthen Austin’s resolve in fighting FOR justice and AGAINST climate change.

Please visit our Facebook Event to RSVP or invite friends.