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Mose Buchele

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Austin, TX, United States

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  • Houston Public Media
  • TPR News
  • KERA News
  • KUTX 98.9

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It's Texas' hottest summer ever. Can the electric grid handle people turning up AC?

A heatwave in Texas has stressed the state's isolated electricity grid. A new podcast from KUT explores the future of the power grid and whether it'll hold up as residents use more air conditioning. → Read More

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Texas stumbles in its effort to punish green financial firms

A new Texas law that penalizes financial institutions trying to go green is full of loopholes, and is straight up ignored. But other states are following Texas's punitive approach all the same. → Read More

Texas bluebonnet season could be cut short. Here's why

Without rain, the iconic flowers could be gone from the region by the end of the month. But other wildflowers like pink evening primrose and horsemint should take their place. → Read More

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Texas and other states want to punish fossil fuel divestment

A Texas model law was written by the head of a group that opposes climate action and takes money from fossil fuel interests. It could shift billions away from major investment firms. → Read More

Gov. Abbott promised last fall that ‘the lights will stay on.’ Now he says there’s no guarantee

The governor’s desire to reframe expectations may come from the fear that he will be held responsible for local outages in an election year. → Read More

Texas Offers 4 Lessons For Staying Safe In Flash Floods

Over half of U.S. flood deaths happen on roads, a risk that's growing as a warmer climate fuels intense rain. Texas, home to "Flash Flood Alley," is using high- and low-tech ways to keep people safe. → Read More

It's Been Six Months Since the Texas Blackout, Here's What's Happened Since

After millions of Texans lost power in February, state lawmakers vowed to fix the system that had failed so dramatically. But what, really, did they accomplish? → Read More

If The Texas Power Grid Had Gone Down, It Would Need A 'Black Start.' How Long Would That Take?

It’s happened before in other parts of the country, but in Texas it would play out much differently. That’s because Texas has its own power grid with minimal connections to neighboring grids. → Read More

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Texas Lawmakers Passed Changes To Prevent Blackouts. Experts Say They're Not Enough

After February's deadly power outages, new legislation would mandate winterizing parts of the state's energy system. But lawmakers took a pass on major market reforms to make the grid more resilient. → Read More

ERCOT Ends Energy Appeal Hours After Warning Of Emergency Grid Conditions

The grid operator issued an alert Tuesday, warning that electricity demand on the grid was close to surpassing supply. → Read More

It's A Good Year For Pecans In Central Texas

When the wind picks up you can hear it. Whether it’s the cracking of shells hitting a sidewalk or the sharper smack of nuts bouncing off a tin roof, it... → Read More

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Poor Neighborhoods Feel Brunt Of Rising Heat. Cities Are Mapping Them To Bring Relief

In 13 U.S. cities this summer, volunteers are capturing detailed measurements that will include the heat index people experience. Cities will use the new heat maps to help cool the hottest spots. → Read More

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Austin Tracks The Rise In Temperatures In Its Neighborhoods

Around the U.S. this summer, volunteers are driving with sensors to map rising urban heat. City planners and scientists will use those maps to bring relief for people in the hottest neighborhoods. → Read More

Houston-Area And Statewide Primary Election Runoff Report

Winners from Tuesday's runoff will go on to the November general election. → Read More

Meet The Two Democrats Who Want To Run For Railroad Commission

The Railroad Commission of Texas might be one of the most powerful government agencies you’ve never heard of. That’s because, despite the name, the → Read More

Texas Was The Model For OPEC, But It's 'Not Likely' To Limit Oil Production Now

In Texas, a proposal to cut the amount of crude that oil companies are allowed to pump from the ground appears dead. The regulator who proposed it — Texas → Read More

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Texas Was The Model For OPEC, But It's 'Not Likely' To Limit Oil Production Now

A controversial proposal to cut production aimed to stabilize prices amid a historic oil glut. But regulators and the industry were divided over the idea. → Read More

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The Texas Origins Of OPEC

For decades, the Texas Railroad Commission controlled oil production, even deploying armed National Guard members to enforce limits. The commission is again debating limits amid a new oil glut. → Read More

As A Billion Birds Fly Through Texas, They Find A Landscape Quiet And Still

One of the first things people noticed were the birds. Once the stay-at-home orders were in place and the sounds of traffic and business dimmed, the birds → Read More

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Amid Historic Oil Bust, Texas Debates The Once Unthinkable: Keep It In The Ground

Texas regulators have not capped production since 1973, but some smaller producers want such a move to try and stave off bankruptcy. Oil demand and prices have crashed during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More