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How Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord Impacts Greater Houston

Posted on · Pres. Donald Trump’s decision Thursday (June 1, 2017) to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have instant geopolitical impact, but what about on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we have here in Houston today and in the future? To learn more, we hear from Luke […]

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Effect of Paris Climate Decision on Houston Energy, and Koreans in Houston: Friday’s Show (June 2, 2017)

Posted on · Pres. Donald Trump’s decision Thursday (June 1, 2017) to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have instant geopolitical impact, but what about on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we have here in Houston today and in the future? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Houston Plant Expansions May Be Further Sign of ‘Permania’

Posted on · A French energy company’s partnering with companies in Canada and Austria to build chemical and plastic plant expansions in Port Arthur and Bayport. It’s close to $2 billion dollars in investment, anticipating the opportunity to capitalize on more shale gas as a result of what’s increasingly being called “Permania,” the pursuit and production of natural […]

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NASA Under Trump, and ‘Permania’ in West Texas Oil and Gas: Monday’s Show (April 3, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

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Texas Energy: What Did We Miss?

Posted on · We’ve been devoting time in recent weeks to talking about the various sources of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. In previous weeks, we’ve talked about the future of energy from wind, solar, coal and nuclear and natural gas. On today’s show, we examine any forms of energy we may have missed, including biofuels. We talk with Loren Steffy, […]

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New Design Ideas for Houston, and Houston’s First All-Star: Thursday’s Show (March 30, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: An artist’s rendering of a design for a “sky park” at the corner of Milam and Walker in downtownHouston. Image Courtesy: ByDesign/Gensler) If the future of Houston design was left up to the next generation of architects and designers, what would our city look like? It’s a concept Houston design firm Gensler is exploring […]

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The Who’s-Who of the Energy Industry in Houston for CERAWeek Conference

Posted on · (Above: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner welcomes the crowd to the annual CERAWeek conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Photo: Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media/@travisbubenik) It’s CERAWeek. The annual energy conference chaired by Cambridge Energy Research Associates co-founder Daniel Yergin features a sort of who’s-who for the energy industry meeting and discussing a variety of energy-related […]

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CERAWeek Conference and Wind Energy in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 9, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media) It’s CERAWeek. The annual energy conference chaired by Cambridge Energy Research Associates co-founder Daniel Yergin features a sort of who’s-who for the energy industry meeting and discussing a variety of energy-related topics. This year, those topics include Russia’s energy future and adapting to the “new energy era.” Attendees include […]

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A Closer Look at the Proposed GE-Baker Hughes Merger

Posted on · Never mind Halliburton, Baker Hughes now is merging with General Electric’s oil and gas division. Loren Steffy joins us to discuss how this merger might be different from the one that didn’t happen. He reminds us who made out well and who didn’t in the previous failed merger, and he helps us to understand why […]

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Polling Places and the GE-Baker Hughes Merger: Tuesday’s Show (November 8, 2016)

Posted on · It’s Election Day…finally! On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we check in on several polling places around Greater Houston with our colleagues from News 88.7. Then, we discuss some lingering election issues with Houston Chronicle editorial writer Joe Holley, and News 88.7’s News Director Dave Fehling. Also this hour…

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How Shell Oil’s Departure Might Affect Downtown Houston

Posted on · Recently (Sept. 20, 2016), Shell Oil announced plans to vacate most of its downtown offices. Thousands of employees are expected to move to the company’s Woodcreek Complex on I-10 and North Dairy Ashford and to the Shell Technology Center on State Highway 6. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2017. Shell said, […]