Tomorrow, on November 27, CPS Energy is hosting a Public Input Session. It will be one-part educational event on how to save money on one’s energy bill and one-part civic engagement event, as members of the public can sign up to speak on CPS Energy’s policies, performance, and most notably, their Flexible Path energy plan. The Flexible Path is an energy resource plan that uses flexibility as a way to avoid taking much needed action to phase out fossil fuels. We don’t know every detail of the future, but we do know that is needed. The simple fact is that we need to transition to renewable energy as fast as possible.
Instead of making a strong commitment to renewable energy, CPS Energy envisions burning coal for the foreseeable future – at least until 2042. This is a future that will continue to pollute us and our families, our water, our land, and our air. For a healthier future for San Antonio we must transition to renewable energy!
A just transition to renewable energy means:
- Less pollution and cleaner air
- Lowered rates of upper-respiratory diseases and cancer caused by fossil fuels
- Doing our part to address the urgent challenge of climate change
- A decrease in hospitalization due to asthma
- Less smoggy skies
- More green jobs
- A decrease in the heat-island effect
- Less polluted water and land
In a world where so much of our built environment and investments are antithetical to our health, this would be a step in the right direction.
By committing to a rapid, just transition to renewable energy, CPS Energy would be committing to the health and wellbeing of Bexar and surrounding counties residents, the continued existence and wellbeing of the natural systems and resources we all depend on, and the increased livability of San Antonio.
The conditions of climate change are creating a world that – if we continue as we are – will be uninhabitable by humans and much other non-human life by the end of the century. That means where action can be taken, it must be taken. The foundation for modern life is in our energy use and it is through our energy use we must look towards to for creating a world that is better for all life.
So, what can you do? You can speak truth to power!
What: Board of Trustees Public Input Session
Where: 401 Villita St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
When: Tuesday, November 27, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sign up to speak anytime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The input session starts at 6 p.m. If you can’t make it until after 6 p.m., please come anyway – we will help try to get you in the queue to speak. We encourage you to take the bus, but if you drive, there is free parking for the event at the Navarro Street Garage (located at 126 Navarro).
Use any of the points above. Tell your energy story. We must speak truth to power in order to see necessary action taken. We must demand a better world.