How will Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast fare in the next quarter-century as the impacts of climate change interact with an economy built largely around the petrochemical industry? A panel of experts addressed many of the questions around that conundrum this week in the first of two public forums.
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March 31, 2013
Faithful readers of this blog (and I know you’re out there!) no doubt are aware of my lifelong interest in space and the manned space program. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to hear two great speakers with remarkable, albeit very different, contributions to the realm. As it happens, the presentations were very different, as well.
September 12, 2012
Gene Kranz was one of my heroes long before I ever really knew who he was. And earlier this evening, I finally got to hear him speak.
April 14, 2011
If there’s a rock star among astrophysicists today, his name is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
January 19, 2011
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for the region which includes Texas told a Houston live and radio audience Wednesday that his agency is making great strides in improving the state’s environment, despite some “disagreements” with the state’s environmental regulation agency.
December 16, 2010
As steam rose from the stacks of the nearby Valero Energy refinery, environmental activists on Thursday described the dangers they say a proposed crude oil pipeline and its product pose to residents of east Houston’s Manchester neighborhood.
November 4, 2010
The chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Thursday defended the state agency’s position in its battle with the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the use of “flexible permits” for industrial facilities.
November 2, 2010
A state representative, joking that his remarks could put him in imminent harm from his colleagues, said Monday he expects the mission of the Texas Commisson on Environmental Quality will remain primarily focused on protecting economic interests more than the environment after next year’s legislative session.
September 15, 2010
During an Environmental Town Hall in Houston, a former commissioner of Texas’s environmental regulatory agency said the state’s permitting process all but assures that even the most controversial industrial facilities will ultimately receive a permit.