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

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. […]

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. We talk with Houston Public Media energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling about the ramifications of the proposed expansion on Greater Houston, and then hear arguments in favor of and against the expansion from Luke Metzger of Environment Texas and David Holt from the Consumer Energy Alliance.

Also this hour, we preview the 8th annual Pumps and Pipes Conference, which brings together bright minds from two of Houston’s biggest industries: oil and gas and medicine, in an effort to find ways technology from both industries may cross over to benefit each other.

Plus: A lot can happen in a week. Some good, some bad, some ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parseThe Good the Bad and the Ugly of it all. Today, Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg, MochaDad.com parenting blogger Fred Goodall, and University of St. Thomas College Republican Chair Vladimir Davidiuk consider the good, bad, and ugly of this week’s execution reprieve for convicted murderer Scott Panetti, the announced return date to Houston of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, teen would-be carjackers thwarted by a stick shift, and erroneous reports over “missing” brains at UT Austin psychology lab.

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