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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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How Dangerous is Lead in Houston School Drinking Water?

Posted on · Environment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts. In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having […]

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Political Roundup, and Lead in School Drinking Water: Wednesday’s Show (March 8, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss everything from President Trump’s allegations of wiretapping, to Homeland Security executing the president’s second executive order temporarily banning travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, to the Texas Legislature’s first hearing on the so-called Bathroom […]

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From Quality to Supply: Conference Focuses on Water for Texas

Posted on · Later this month (Jan. 23-27, 2017), policymakers and conservationists will gather in Austin for the Water for Texas 2017 conference to discuss all things water-related in the state. One of the speakers at the event is Luke Metzger of Environment Texas. He tells us what his main concerns are related to water quality and supply […]

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Texas Water Issues, and Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening: Wednesday’s Show (January 11, 2017)

Posted on · Later this month (Jan. 23-27, 2017), policymakers and conservationists will gather in Austin for the Water for Texas 2017 conference to discuss all things water-related in the state. One of the speakers at the event is Luke Metzger of Environment Texas. He tells us what his main concerns are related to water quality and supply […]

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Solar Power in Houston is Growing, But How Do We Compare to Other Cities?

Posted on · Houston’s solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much is it growing? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation, for that matter? Luke Metzger of Environment Texas joins us […]

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Solar Capacity, and Robots Taking Our Jobs: Tuesday’s Show (May 3, 2016)

Posted on · Houston’s solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss where Houston stands on solar […]

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Should There Be More Tax Credits for Wind Energy in Texas?

Posted on · Environment Texas has released a report charting the progress of wind power in Texas since 2001. The environmental group is hoping to spur Congress to pass another round of wind production tax credits. Such PTCs are given to utilities based on how much electricity they generate from wind. Congress renewed the wind incentive last year, […]

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Failures in Corruption Investigations at the Border: Wednesday’s Show (December 16, 2015)

Posted on · On Tuesday (Dec. 15 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas National Guard troops would remain at the Mexico border. Their nearly 18-month mission — prompted by an influx of unaccompanied children pouring into the country — was supposed to end this month, but it will now continue amid another wave of arrivals. Of course, it’s not just […]

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Pros and Cons of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted on · In the coming months, Congress is expected to vote on pipeline expansion from Alberta to Kansas. If approved, this new section of the Keystone Pipeline which would bring heavy Canadian crude oil to refineries near Houston and Beaumont. We consider the pros and cons of the Keystone XL Pipeline. We talk with Houston Public Media […]

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Keystone, Pumps and Pipes, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Posted on · In the coming months, Congress is expected to vote on pipeline expansion from Alberta to Kansas. If approved, this new section of the Keystone Pipeline which would bring heavy Canadian crude oil to refineries near Houston and Beaumont. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the pros and cons of the Keystone XL Pipeline. […]