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Texas Coal, Mexican Strip Mine

Posted on · At first glance it looks like good news. Carbon emissions in the U.S. have been on the decline in recent years. Texas, the country's biggest CO2 polluter has started turning away from coal as a source of electricity. But that doesn’t mean the coal is staying in the ground. For the StateImpact Texas project, Mose Buchele reports on the growing export of U.S. coal and how it’s affecting one small Texas town.

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What Happened At The Sandy Creek Power Plant?

Posted on · Rolling blackouts struck Texas once last year. And we went to the brink twice after that. So when an accident at the Sandy Creek power plant outside of Waco delayed more electricity from coming online, it came at exactly the wrong time. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports.

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Giant Prawn In Gulf Could Disrupt Ecosystem

Posted on · Huge shrimp that can grow over a foot long are showing up in nets all along the Gulf Coast. It might sound like a tasty surprise, but as Mose Buchele reports for StateImpact Texas, it's also a mystery that could threaten the ecosystem of the entire Gulf of Mexico.

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Rick Perry And The Troubles Back Home

Posted on · Despite his fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses earlier this week, Governor Rick Perry says he'll continue campaigning for president. While he's been away, Texans have grappled with the impacts of a historic drought, a newly invigorated fossil-fuel industry and seen continued battles between state policymakers and the federal government over environmental regulation.

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The Year Of Extreme Texas Weather

Posted on · Years from now, when Texans talk about 2011, they'll probably remember one thing above everything else: the weather. The extreme heat, the drought and the fires that came with them have made this an historic year for Texas. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports on some ways the impact of this year's weather will still be felt years from now.

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Texas Wildfires Scattered Birds To The Wind

Posted on · Bird Watchers across the country are participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count this month. But in Central Texas the tradition has a special importance this year. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports the Wildfires in Bastrop County, and across Texas have conservationists paying close attention to local bird populations.

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Fracking Report Reverberates In Texas

Posted on · A draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency sent shockwaves through the energy industry this week. The report showed that the technique of oil and gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing lead to water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. What could the findings mean for drilling in Texas?

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Not Pond Scum, Algae Upgrades To Biofuel

Posted on · Algae, that green slimy stuff that ruins swimming trips and clogs drains, is for most people a disgusting nuisance. But not to a group of researchers at UT Austin. StateImpact Texas reporter Mose Buchele takes you into the lab to learn why scientists believe the cars of the future could run on Algae.

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Natural Gas From Bridge To Barrier

Posted on · The debate over America's vast reserves of natural gas usually focuses on the risks and the benefits. In the benefits column: it's a relatively cheap, it's domestic, and it's a cleaner burning than coal. The risks? Well, that's usually when Hydraulic Fracturing — or fracking — comes up. But StateImpact Texas reporter Mose Buchele reports, recent shifts in the price of natural gas are presenting a whole new set of challenges for America's energy future.

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Drilling For Shale Gas In Mexico

Posted on · The Eagle Ford Shale formation in South Texas that's made headlines for its abundance of natural gas doesn't end at the Rio Grande. That fact was not lost on the Mexican Government, which recently announced plans to expand its drilling for gas there in an effort for more energy independence. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports on the implications for both sides of the border.

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TCEQ’s Approach Is Under Fire

Posted on · This week, KUT News is teaming with NPR on a project highlighting industrial air pollution. NPR reporters, working with the Center for Public Integrity, reviewed never-before published lists compiled by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency to track polluters. Roughly one in 10 factories on the most recent list is in Texas. Some of those facilities have been on the watch list for years. For the KUT/KUHF StateImpact Texas project, Mose Buchele reports on the regulatory environment that allows industries to keep polluting.

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Intentional Plane Crash Targeting IRS Office in Austin

Posted on · The fire caused by a small plane crash into an IRS office building on Research Blvd. this morning has been contained. Two people in the building were injured. One has been taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit in San Antonio. The other person is being treated at University Medical Center, Brackenridge. One person remains missing. Mose Buchele was at the scene.