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Rick Perry Agrees to ‘Conversation’ on Fracking in Texas

December 19, 2011

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Its a pretty safe bet from a Texan’s point of view that fracking has a promising future in our state. The practice has, as Governor Perry states, “been used for years” in Texas. Its also clear judging by recent news stories and a controversial study by the EPA that the federal government has every intention […]

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Keystone XL: Pipeline to Employment?

September 28, 2011

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I have been following the Keystone XL pipeline developments for over a year and we are coming to the end of the public input process. This week the State Department is holding the last round of hearings in Texas, Monday in Port Arthur and today in Austin at UT’s LBJ Library. The Sierra Club enlisted […]

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A different kind of Festival

September 25, 2011

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It’s the weekend following ACL and I’m at the Texas Tribune Festival. Its a festival for policy wonks, news junkies, liberal do-gooders and industry insiders. I got lucky and received an invitation from a friend who won tickets on twitter. The festival was organized by the Texas Tribune which describes themselves as: …a nonpartisan, nonprofit […]

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State Department holds hearing on Keystone XL Pipeline but is Anyone Listening?

September 14, 2011

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Major publications coast to coast are discussing the implications of the Keystone tarsands pipeline that will dead-end in Southeast Texas. Despite the national fervor the State Department will only hold hearings along the proposed route.  Texans have been granted 2 opportunities voice concerns, one in Austin and the other in Port Arthur. I am working alongside the Sierra Club and internationally […]

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UPDATE: Tar Sands Keystone XL

August 31, 2011

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Ok, so I take off for my trip to Turkey with plans to blog (follow hashtag #YoungTurksTravel on twitter) and all of a sudden the Keystone pipeline becomes part of the national dialogue. Thanks to Gator for the kind words and link to my blog on this subject. I’ll have to make this quick as […]

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Not so smooth…like Keystone XL

August 30, 2011

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“It’s not the easiest thing on Earth for law-abiding folk to come to risk arrest,” –Bill McKibben Environmentalist/protest organizer Born and raised in Southeast Texas I can attest that a new pipeline is hardly worthy of a headline. This is different, and even with a notable amount of national media attention it is still proving difficult to […]

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