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How Will Rolling Back Federal Regulations Affect Businesses in Houston?

Posted on · President Trump says he’s going to seriously roll back regulations on businesses. So, for a city like Houston with so much industry, what would that mean for us? We discuss how fewer regulations might affect business and the environment in Greater Houston. Joining us for this conversation is Adrian Shelley, who serves as both the director […]

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How Will Fewer Regulations Affect Houstonians? Thursday’s Show (February 9, 2017)

Posted on · President Trump says he’s going to seriously roll back regulations on businesses. So, for a city like Houston with so much industry, what would that mean for us? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how fewer regulations might affect business and the environment in Greater Houston. Joining us for this conversation is Adrian […]

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Are Some Officials Too Close to the Industries They’re Tasked with Regulating?

Posted on · How close are regulators to the businesses they are charged with watching? When does their mission to protect the public interest get mired in the will to further industry? Texas Tribune energy reporter Jim Malewitz has been contemplating these questions. He joins us to discuss the sometimes uneasy relationship between industry and regulators in Greater […]

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Houston’s ‘Pollution Police’ Challenged By Oil And Gas, Petrochemical Industries

Posted on · The squad of three dozen investigators, chemists and researchers handle some 700 complaints a year. And just like the cops who wear badges, Houston's pollution police enforce both city ordinances and state laws. But some energy producers have a problem with that and are trying to shut them down.

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Who Should Regulate Greenhouse Gas? Texas Says Not the EPA

Posted on · The State of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. We’ll find out why the state of Texas is wading in, and consider the implications of the cases […]