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The Prospects Of Returning To ‘Normal By Summer’ (April 12, 2021)

On Monday’s show: Hopes of things returning to “normal by summer” regarding the pandemic, state regulators defending the oil and gas industry they oversee, a former ERCOT official reflects on problems within the agency, and an update on Houston sports.



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On Monday’s Houston Matters: When it comes to COVID-19, could things really return to “normal by summer” as some have suggested?

Also this hour: It came as little surprise when proponents of oil and gas tried to shift the narrative during February's freeze and power failures and lay the blame on renewable energy, even as it was clear all sources of energy were struggling to provide power during the storm. But now, we're learning that even those tasked with regulating oil and gas – members of the Texas Railroad Commission – were trying the same tactic.

Then, former ERCOT official Ray Giuliani reflects on problems within the organization tasked with managing the flow of electricity in Texas. He served as its chief of market operations from 2000-2008 and has written a book about the experience called The Stakeholders’ Golden Rule.

And we get an update on Houston sports.


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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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