About Air and Water

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

Don Young - FWCanDo - June 29, 2007
In June 21, 2007, mayors from 540 cities around the nation gathered in Los Angeles to sign the U.S Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing to reduce carbon emissions in cities below 1990 levels.

Fort Worth mayor Mike Moncrief did not attend the meeting. While he was fiddling over his Barnett Shale holdings, Metroplex air was getting dirtier as a result of his industry friendly, gas drilling ordinance.

For two years now FWCanDo has been demanding that Moncrief conduct environmental impact studies to measure the effects of gas drilling on air quality in the region. After all, Metroplex air is alraedy declared to be " SERIOUSLY out of compliance" by the EPA. The city has consistently declined to do studies, despite the fact that Fort Worth is Ground Zero for natural gas extraction is the USA. Goodbye "Livable City".

How does gas drilling affect Metroplex air quality? One of many factors are the "rich-burn" gas compressor engines that are scattered around the region.

Read this enlightening report in the Weatherford Democrat and then ask yourself, "Why are my tax dollars paying billionaire energy extractors to clean the air they dirty?"

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Travel to other worlds ... UTA Planetarium

Immersive full-dome 3-D Digital planetarium show narrated by Ewan McGregor (Obi wan Kepobi from Star Wars) - Astronaut takes you exporing the worlds of inner and outer space. The movie is projected all around you. You recline in specially constructed chairs which enables you to comfortably view the immersive full-dome planetarium show. Astronaut! (produced from the National Space Centre in England) goes beyond the stereotypical space movie. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of the astronaut. Float around the international Space Station moving thorugh the microscopic regions of the human body! Discover the beauty and perils as "Chad", the test astronaut experiences everything thrown at him.

Summer Schedule (June 2-August 26):


shows at the UTA Planetarium.

Wed. through Saturdays at 11 a.m.
and Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Cosmic CSI

shows at the UTA Planetarium 3-D Digital Dome.

Wed. through Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Rock Hall of Fame 1 (The Original)

shows at the UTA Planetarium.

Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Read more (Warning their flat dull website doesn't give much of a glimmer of the multi-dimensional experience you'll have once you enter the dome of the UTA Planetarium!)

Admission: Adults: $5.00

Seniors, Students, Children: $4.00

UTA Faculty, Staff & Alumni (with ID): $3.00

UTA Studens (with ID): $2.00

Groups of 10 or more with reservation: $3.00

Call 817 272-1183 or e-mail planetarium@uta.edu