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Oil Prices Respond to Airstrike on Syria

The world has been reacting to Thursday night’s U.S. air strike on the Syrian airfield from which President Donald Trump said this week’s chemical attack was launched. Here in Texas, lawmakers have shared their views, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who calls Syria a “humanitarian disaster” and its leader Bashar al-Assad “a monster, a puppet […]

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The world has been reacting to Thursday night's U.S. air strike on the Syrian airfield from which President Donald Trump said this week's chemical attack was launched.

Here in Texas, lawmakers have shared their views, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who calls Syria a "humanitarian disaster" and its leader Bashar al-Assad "a monster, a puppet of Russia and Iran" who "once again used chemical weapons against his own citizens.”

It's not just politicians responding to developments in Syria this week. Among the impacts was an economic one involving one of Greater Houston's favorite topics: oil.

Shortly after the missile attack was carried out last night, oil prices jumped more than 2 percent during what is usually quiet after-hours trading.

We discuss that development with Travis Bubenik, News 88.7's energy and environment reporter.