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Climate change in Houston

August 24, 2013

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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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Star-struck

March 31, 2013

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Alan Bean

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.

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Apollo 13’s Gene Kranz: No room for failure

September 12, 2012

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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.

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Astrophysicist star Neil deGrasse Tyson calls for Mars mission

April 14, 2011

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If there’s a rock star among astrophysicists today, his name is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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EPA administrator addresses TCEQ fight in Houston event

January 19, 2011

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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.

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East End communities spotlighted in fight against oil pipeline

December 16, 2010

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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.

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TCEQ chairman defends state agency’s fight with EPA

November 4, 2010

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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.

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Southeast Texans participate in Environmental Town Hall

November 2, 2010

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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.

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Houston audience has its say at Environmental Town Hall

September 15, 2010

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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.

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