“They’re still dying”: Neighbors contend with rail yard after decades of contamination.
Swallowed in paperwork, Texas steel products firms lose customers while Trump’s tariffs drag on.
When the steel tariffs were first enacted last March, the Commerce Department anticipated only 4,500 requests would be filed each year. It received over 66,000. Nearly four out of five exemption requests filed by Texas companies remain unprocessed. (Houston Chronicle)
Related: Texas companies requested the most steel tariff waivers of any state.
Related: These are the Houston companies that were granted the most waivers from steel tariffs.
Texas may have the right sun and wind resource mix to quit coal.
“There is nowhere else in the world better positioned to operate without coal than Texas is.” Texas is one of the only places where the natural patterns of wind and sun could produce power around the clock. (Houston Chronicle)
Houston’s federal employees squeezed as payday comes without a paycheck.
Linda Hernandez makes $62,000 per year as a secretary at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Houston, a salary she supplements by picking up overtime shifts as a corrections officer. Now, she’s not getting paid for either. (Houston Chronicle)
Related: Houston businesses stepped up to help affected workers.
Related: Here is where unpaid federal workers can find help.
economy & finance —
- Texas rule limiting worker benefits in gig economy would hurt local businesses, owners say (Houston Chronicle)
- ‘We Bleed Diesel:’ Truckers Nearing Worst Price Shock Since 2008 (Bloomberg)
- As pressures mount for Colorado farmers, state pushes crisis hotline into remote, sometimes reluctant communities (Denver Post)
- Colorado faces a massive shortage of construction workers. A fix won’t be easy. (Denver Post)
- As Venezuelan opposition prepares to appoint a board to Houston’s Citgo, creditors circle (Houston Chronicle)
energy & environment —
- Experimental Texas power plant aims to make electricity cheaper, cleaner (Houston Chronicle)
- Natural gas flaring in West Texas severely under-reported, satellite analysis shows (Houston Chronicle)
- Regulators approve power market change that’s expected to raise costs (Houston Chronicle)
- Power companies lose fight over transmission costs in Texas, in win for renewables (Houston Chronicle)
- University of Houston courts oil and gas for work on carbon management (Houston Chronicle)
- Companies pin excessive 2017 air pollution on Harvey, one-time events (Houston Chronicle)
- Energy industry’s recruitment efforts highlight persistent challenges for women (Houston Chronicle)
- Houston high school students test investment strategies at Rice business competition (Houston Chronicle)
- Waste Management CEO bringing tech to trash (Houston Chronicle)
oil markets —
- Oil shrugs into New Year, still waiting for a sign to recover (Houston Chronicle)
- U.S. eyes energy independence as production seen overtaking Russia, Saudi Arabia (Houston Chronicle)
- Oil Edges Higher on Anticipated U.S.-China Trade Talks (Bloomberg)
- Oil Sinks to 10-Week Low After Surprise U.S. Stockpile Build (Bloomberg)