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Saving a lizard … or reptile dysfunction?

Saving a lizard … or reptile dysfunction?

May 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Consider this next time you pull up to the gas pump: While you wince at filling up with $4-a-gallon gas, your federal government is working hard to shut down oil production around the nation including here in Texas, the leading producer of domestic oil and gas. This folly is all becau...more


General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program celebrates 20 years of readiness

March 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—When the Deepwater Horizon undersea oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last year, adjacent Texas had an advantage no other coastal state can claim - an oil spill response program with prepositioned equipment, expertise and most importantly, well-rehearsed plans for protecting our state's waters...more


Open Beaches Act: A Texas legal tradition worth defending

December 07, 2010
()—J. David Breemer, the California attorney who worked - pro bono, he reminds us - to end public access to West Galveston beaches, isn't feeling very appreciated. It seems some Texans who enjoy fishing, surfing or just splashing in the waves at one of the state's premiere beaches don't understand how...more


Port Isabel cleanup a success

August 16, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Across the Texas coast, abandoned and submerged vessels pose a serious threat to both navigation and the environment. These old shrimp boats, barges and other heavy commercial vessels litter the waterways for years, sometimes decades, because cash-strapped local governments just don't have the hund...more


Renewable energy is renewable revenue for Texas

Renewable energy is renewable revenue for Texas

April 22, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Nearly four years ago, the Texas General Land Office signed the nation's first ever lease for offshore wind power. Since then, major hurricanes and economic storms have blown away plans to have turbines up and running by now. But that doesn't mean we're not earning real money. After all, that's wh...more


Oil spill no reason to oppose offshore drilling

February 03, 2010
(AUSTIN)—As other states and the federal government dither over the decision to drill offshore or not to drill here at home, I think they ought to take a close look at the recent oil spill in Port Arthur. This spill is a good example of how, in Texas, we've learned to both protect our environment as well as...more


Veterans Day 2009

Veterans Day 2009

November 06, 2009
(AUSTIN)— These are troubled times.  At home, adrift in endless stories of buyouts, bailouts and burgeoning government spending, some Americans have let slip from their consciousness the fact that men and women are risking their lives in service to this country everyday. After all, Afghanistan ...more