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Texas Wind Power Faces Future Of Fewer Tax Breaks

Posted on · There's a good chance that some of the electricity you’re using in your home is generated by a windmill. The world's biggest "wind turbine project" is in west Texas. And the state is the national leader for wind power. But it's all come at a cost to taxpayers. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looks at how that cost is now being challenged.

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Garbage Gas: Is Methane Going To Waste In Texas?

Posted on · There's a debate over the billions of dollars in tax breaks that promote the use of alternative, "renewable" energy. In Texas, wind energy is the big one. But not the only renewable source of power StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found in one picturesque part of the state.

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Courts Wrestle With Pipeline, Property Rights

Posted on · Today in a Beaumont courthouse, Judge Tom Rugg will rule on yet another case concerning TransCanada. The pipeline company has been visiting a lot of Texas courthouses lately. At issue again is whether it can take private property in Texas to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We can expect more pipeline cases as well. Judge Rugg says recent rulings on eminent domain in Texas mean nobody is quite sure where private property rights end, and a company’s right to take property begins.

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Homeland Security’s Focus On Photographers At Texas Refineries

Posted on · Two weeks ago, a bomb threat led to the evacuation of the UT campus in Austin. There was no bomb. But coming on the heels of violence directed at Americans in the Middle East, the incident raised what has become a perplexing — and costly — security issue for Texas: How to respond to the threat of terrorism. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been investigating this with regard to what’s called "critical infrastructure."