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August 8, 2022


Stumbling Toward Accidental Apocalypse

Drone Strike on al-Qaeda, Taiwan Disputes Show How Closely Disaster Lurks

Was UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres engaging in hyperbole August 1 when he warned that the world was only one mistake away from nuclear annihilation? Perhaps not, given the back-to-back events of a drone strike against al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, China’s live-fire military actions in response to Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, and Russia’s threat to halt all relations with the United States. Viewed independently, each event might be seen as justified under immediate circumstances. But Guterres (speaking at the beginning of the Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, an event almost lost in competing news) said these acts all make world leaders take greater risks, and consider the potential of launching a nuclear first strike.

The Hellfire missile shot from a Predator drone that struck al-Zawahri in downtown Kabul found favor in almost all political corners, and caused most pundits to agree that the Doha Agreement of Feb. 2020 between the U.S. and the Taliban was all but dead. The Taliban was supposed to strictly avoid providing more aid and comfort to al-Qaeda, after all. But making the Taliban a global pariah organization, and Afghanistan a global pariah state, could have unforeseen consequences.

Similarly, Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan brought up many unexpected responses. The NY Times’ warhorse correspondent Thomas Friedman called Pelosi’s visit rash and dangerous, yet many pundits of all political stripes seemed to consider it an interesting way to test China’s response. At first, China’s promise to conduct four days of live-fire exercises around the Taiwan Straits seemed like a measured response, until Japan claimed some missiles were landing in its territorial waters. On Friday, China severed many ties with the U.S. on climate-change proposals and military stabilization protocols. By Saturday, everyone was wondering if an invasion of Taiwan could be imminent after all.

Finally, Russia warned that if the U.S. Congress declared Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism, it would end all relations with the United States. Admittedly, this is probably posturing prior to prisoner exchange talks to free Brittney Griner, but it raises a scary specter. When the global political environment is on as tenuous a thread as the climate environment, posturing and wolf-warrior diplomacy is not safe for anyone. As Guterres said, we are merely one mistake away from conflagration.


More Pictures from Youth Activist Training
Thanks to our fabulous camp director Heidi Cooper for pictures of the Youth Activist Training group at Food2Power headquarters, Coyote Park, and at Knights of Columbus Hall with Ashley Cornelius. Watch for more post-training assessments and pictures in the weeks to come.


Pikes Peak Women Podcast Talks to New CEO of Peak Vista

On today’s Elevating Pikes Peak Women, we're discussing another new woman in leadership in the Pikes Peak Region.  Host Mary Lou Makepeace introduces us to the new CEO of Peak Vista, Dr. Emily Ptaszek.  They will discuss Peak Vista's services to the community, the new CEO's background in the field, the strengths Dr. Ptaszek sees in the institution, and the vision she sees for Peak Vista and Colorado Springs.    
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Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada


El Paso County GOP in Unusual Position of Telling Colleagues “No Means No”

In an action mirroring ones nationwide, the results of Colorado’s Republican primary elections were challenged by losers that represent the far-right Trump wing of the party. Last week, Secretary of State Jena Griswold assigned El Paso County, with Republicans in the lead, the task of performing several recounts, many of which had to be paid for by the losers because the initial vote was not even close.

The race that gained the most attention was that of Tina Peters, a Mesa County Clerk who has been arrested several times for election fraud, and who was hoping to run against Griswold for the state position. The original results of the June 28 election had Peters losing to fellow Republican Pam Anderson by 89,000 votes. The recount had both candidates gaining 13 votes apiece, leaving the results unchanged. Peters had many of her challenges funded by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and she threatened to challenge the state recount. (Peters, pictured above, was arraigned Friday in Mesa County on 10 felony and misdemeanor charges.)

But along with Peters, seven local Colorado Springs candidates demanded a recount: Rae Ann Weber, running for coroner; Peter Lupia, running for clerk and recorder; Todd Watkins, running for county sheriff; Lindsay Moore and David Winney, running for county commission; Summer Groubert, running for House District 18; and District 9 candidate Lynda Zamora Wilson. County Judge Thomas Kelly Kane on Aug. 4 denied a request to extend the recount deadline to Aug. 18, saying all the candidates were losing by such margins, there was little point in rehashing the count. These absurd appeals reflect similar ones taking place in almost every state, where those candidates representing the most arch-right wing of the Republican Party refuse to accept the plain fact that they are losing primaries.

Of course, victories of conspiracy theorists are occasionally real. Election denier Kari Lake won the GOP primary to run for governor of Arizona, and in that same state, election conspiracy theorist Jim Finchem won the Republican slot to be Secretary of State. While some hope that the nomination of ultra-far-right candidates will help elect Democrats, the more likely scenario is that loony, science- and fact-denying demagogues will be prevalent everywhere in the November elections.


Peak Environment Podcast 92 Looks at Applying Green Standards to Stormwater Infrastructure

Stormwater management is a critical environmental concern for a large urban area like Colorado Springs. City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy discusses the city’s new green infrastructure standards for development and redevelopment. He also shares some planned and some completed capital projects, and gives us an overview of the strategic vision of the Stormwater Enterprise. 

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on their podcast app.

You’ll find Podcast 92 here:

Also, check out Podcast 91 on native plants and the watershed.Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.

Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
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Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM

You’ll find Podcast 91 here


Transit Agencies Offer Free and Reduced-Cost Rides Through August

350 Colorado sent out an alert regarding several Colorado transit agencies, who have partnered to encourage the use of mass transit by offering free or reduced-cost rides through August. Here are details:

Would you like to run your errands, go out on the town, and get to work conveniently while helping create the transition to a clean, green economy? Now is your chance, at no cost to you. In August, across the state, we have the opportunity to ride RTD buses, MMT, GET, Poudre Express, light rail, paratransit, the HOP, Access-a-ride, trains to airport and more for free! All cities are eligible for this program and so far we have confirmed Denver Metro area, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Lafayette are participating. And the long-distance intercity “Bustang” routes are 50% off from July 1 to September 5. If you are able, join us in making a commitment to ride transit as much as possible in August, and spread the word to your friends!

 Support better transit! By helping to make this initiative a success and showing overwhelming public support for transit, this will lead the expansion of service that will make RTD even more convenient. Chicken and egg. “If we show up they will build it!” We will also help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and ozone pollution (oil and gas production plays the biggest role in contributing to ozone, but driving is the second highest source.)

 Plot your routes now for all of your usual destinations: use your maps app—it’s easy! The RTD app is also extremely useful! Or you can plan trips or research routes by visiting the agency’s website, where you can use the Trip Planner app, access schedules or sign up for Service Alerts. Next Ride provides real-time vehicle information. To ask questions of RTD during normal business hours (6 a.m.-6 p.m.), call Customer Care at 303-299-6000.

Check out more info about the zero-fare program here. If you want to try out your routes before zero-fare month, you can buy your tickets on the RTD app, or at your local grocery store. Stay tuned for more information from 350 Colorado in the coming weeks.

 If you have questions or want support in doing this, please do not hesitate to email me: I’ve been riding transit since 2019.


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