Category Archives: Energy

Guest Column Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Texans Suffer the Consequences of a Decades-Long Push for Energy Deregulation

State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Texas often prides itself on being a low-regulation state that puts the free market ahead of all else. While this approach does work in some situations, often on a short-term basis, it can also have dire consequences as demonstrated by millions of Texans left without power and/or water. To understand how the human-side of this

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Analysis: Ahuja Appointment To Port Commission Might Be A Good Thing. How It Came To Be Might Be Another Question

Corpus Christi City Council gave the nod to local businessman Ranjan Ahuja to serve as one of the appointed port commissioners for the city of Corpus Christi. In doing so they also gave the boot to incumbent commissioner Al Jones, who has served on the commission as a city appointee since last year when he replaced Wayne Squires, who resigned.

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Analysis: Abbott’s State of the State revealed just how out of touch he really is—and Texas Democrats were not much better

Texas Governor Greg Abbott de;inverted his State of the State address on Monday evening from a small business in Central Texas. He used the thirty odd minute speech to lay out priorities and emergency items that he demanded were priorities for this legislative session. He used his time to promote special interest groups like law enforcement unions, and he catered

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Guajardo Defeats Incumbent McComb For Mayor of Corpus Christi

Matt Pierce Briscoe Corpus Christi residents have elected a new mayor, handing a defeat to incumbent Mayor Joe McComb in favor of his challenger, Paulette Guajardo, in a runoff race defined by accusations of corruption, coronavirus and dirty politics. McComb, who was mayor of the Coastal Texas city beginning back in May of 2018 after taking over from Dan McQueen

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Online sales taxes are helping with state budget even though it is still going to be slimmer than usual

State Comptroller Glen Hegar briefed the Legislative Budget Board in Austin on Monday ahead of what is expected to be a fairly tight fiscal budget for the state’s next biennial budget.  Hegar told Senate and House Budget Board members that revenue collections from around the state have exceeded what was initially predicted back in July of 2020 and that certain

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National Politics: Biden Wins As America Awaits A Fiery Exit

Under normal circumstances the transition from one American presidency to the next is a pretty unnoticed and recognized. The process of transition is a matter of formal and informal transfers where teams of officials peacefully hand over power. But this is American politics in 2020, the Trump-Biden transition will not be normal.  President-Elect Joe Biden has finally outright proclaimed victory

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Oil and Gas: Crude Oil Prices Continue To Drop On World Market As Demand Remains Questionable

Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Friday as new lockdowns in Europe continued and world markets remained on edge over drawn-out vote counting in the United States presidential election.  West Texas Intermediate was down $1.06, or 2.7 percent, at $37.73 a barrel at 05:38 GMT, after dropping 0.9 percent on Thursday. Brent crude was off $1.05, or 2.6

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Calallen High School Graduate and South Texas Businessman Jim Wright Defeats Well-Funded Democratic Machine For Texas Railroad Commission Race

South Texas rancher and businessman Jim Wright will be the state’s next oil and gas regulator. Wright will serve on the three-member Railroad Commission, which regulates energy resources in the state.  Wright was able to score 53.2% of the vote, or over 800,000 more votes than the challenger Chrysta Castaneda.  In March, Wright defeated Republican incumbent Ryan Sitton in the

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United States Officially Pulls Out Of Paris Accord Pact On Wednesday

The United States has officially exited the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a promise by President Donald Trump to withdraw the nation from the global pact to fight climate change. But the outcome of the tight US election contest will determine for how long. Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden, has promised to rejoin the agreement if elected. The US still remains a

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