Houston Matters

How Will the Clean Power Plan Play Out in Texas if Legal Challenges Fail?

Posted on · Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to […]

Full Show

Preparing for the Clean Power Plan: Monday’s Show (February 8, 2016)

Posted on · Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to […]

Houston Matters

Understanding the President’s Clean Power Plan — and Reactions To It

Posted on · Last week, President Obama, flanked by EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, presented a revised “Clean Power Plan” setting standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That’s 9 percent more than the administration’s previously proposed rules. The plan requires states to submit plans to meet that goal. Reaction here in Texas and across the […]

Houston Matters

Checking in on The State of Houston’s Environment

Posted on · We continue our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about the environment in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Energy and Environment Reporter Dave Fehling. We discuss concerns about clean air and clean water, new efforts to monitor chemical releases, ongoing disputes over landfills and other encroachment of our urban landscape into the rural […]

Full Show

The State of Houston’s Environment and Integrating NASA: Thursday’s Show (April 16, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we continue our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about the environment in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Energy and Environment Reporter Dave Fehling. We look at concerns about clean air and clean water, new efforts to monitor chemical releases, ongoing disputes over landfills and other encroachment of our urban […]

Houston Matters

The Pros and Cons of the EPA’s Plan to Cut Power Plant Emissions

Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. We look at arguments for and […]

Full Show

Clean Power Plan & Property Taxes: Wednesday’s Show (April 1, 2015)

Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

Houston Matters

Texas Power Plants Must Reduce Emissions by 39 Percent by 2030

Posted on · The Obama Administration has unveiled a new plan to reduce carbon emissions, which includes mandating that Texas power plants reduce their emissions by 39 percent by 2030. Houston Public Media’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling joins us to discuss what this mandate means and how the state’s power plants will hit that target over […]

Full Show

Biofuels, Summer Jobs for Teens, & Houston Poets: Houston Matters for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, leading up to Earth Day this weekend, Houston Matters has been exploring efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, those that might someday help us to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. In past weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, and wind power. On this edition of the program, […]