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Texas agriculture experts: Mexico may retaliate if U.S. imposes tariffs

Texas agricultural producers say if the White House slaps a tariff on Mexican products, the state’s farmers and ranchers — as well as Texas consumers — could suffer from a Mexican retaliation against U.S. exports. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump said the … Continue reading

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Texas bourbon distilleries are on the rise

Sunday was National Bourbon Day. That’s a liquor associated with the state of Kentucky. But the geographic similarities between Texas and Kentucky are not lost on some new Texas distilleries. Marfa Public Radio’s Asa Merritt has more. Every state has its treasures. California has … Continue reading

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Incoming Texas Secretary of State Echoes GOP Leaders on Border Issues

For the first nomination of his incoming administration, Governor-elect Greg Abbott has tapped Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos to be the next Texas Secretary of State. In Texas, the office oversees state elections, but also serves as the governor’s chief … Continue reading

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New Tornillo Port of Entry Opens as Construction Continues

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday the opening of a new international border crossing near the small border town of Tornillo, TX. Construction on the new, six-lane port of entry has been underway since July of 2011, when … Continue reading

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Mexico Energy Reform: Border Pipeline Challenge

Mexico’s oil and gas industry is about to open up to the rest of the world — and American oil and gas companies are eager to get a foothold in a market closed to outsiders since 1938. That’s the year … Continue reading

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What Does Fossil Fuel Divestment Mean For Texas?

“I think it is worth asking ourselves as a society how much longer we think we need to have an oil economy.” — Michael Webber, UT Energy Institute This week in New York, the UN Climate Summit is underway, and the Rockefeller Foundation made … Continue reading

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Oil & Gas Trouble In Texas Ranchland: Whose Road Is It?

The Railroad Commission of Texas will meet Monday morning to consider an issue of huge importance to landowners across Texas. It has to do with how the state oversees energy companies that need access to private land. At issue at the hearing will … Continue reading

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Oil Boom? Try Sonic Boom: Private Space Company Set to Break Ground in Midland

This week the governor’s office announced a $2.3 million incentives package for Space X, a private space company looking to build a rocket launch site in Cameron County near Brownsville. The president of another space company looking to move to Midland says … Continue reading

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Despite Obstacles, Solar Gains Ground in Texas

This week we have examined the opportunity and challenge for solar power in Texas. There are no state mandates or incentives for solar. And the head of the Public Utilities Commission says Congress should end solar’s 30 per cent federal tax credit. Despite that landscape solar is … Continue reading

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As Solar Grows in Texas, Border City Provides a Model

For most of its life, the small border city of Presidio, Texas has been on the edge of the electric grid. This rugged part of West Texas has seen a major upgrade of its transmission lines over the past five years, … Continue reading

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