Energy & Environment

Environmental activists in Houston, across Texas call for increased pollution enforcement by TCEQ

Posted on · A report released Tuesday by the Environmental Integrity Project found that five industrial facilities in Harris County accounted for 45 of the 119 "excessive" emissions events reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality between September 2016 and August 2022. None was deemed to be a "chronic" polluter by the state agency.

Houston Matters

What is Coal’s Future in the Grand Scheme of Energy Production?

Posted on · The organization Public Citizen recently released a report on two Texas coal plants (Monticello and Big Brown) on the verge of retirement and whether it would have any effect on the state's energy grid. According to the report, it won't, and that raises questions about the future of coal and its use as an energy […]

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Houston’s Pension Problems, and the Future of Coal: Thursday’s Show (Feb. 23, 2017)

Posted on · Houston isn't the only city in Texas with pension challenges. In fact, some believe at city like Dallas might be able to learn a thing or two from how Houston's proposed to handle its unfunded pension obligations. On this edition of Houston Matters, we compare the pension debts incurred by Houston and Dallas, and discuss […]