Last week, pretty much everybody and their grandmother thought the state water plan was deader than an Elvis Presley-era jumpsuit.
Hopes were high when the 83rd legislative session opened in January. Many people who pay attention to this stuff (i.e. people like us who think water rights are intere ... More >>
Last night's Super Bowl blackout in New Orleans went something like this.
At first, the lights dimmed in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Jacoby Jones' 100-something yard kick return. Just like they had done in preparation for Beyonce's pyro-laden halftime show. Then, the screaming scoreboards an ... More >>
In the summer of 1987, the day before driving to Austin for freshmen orientation at the University of Texas, I went to see Andy Taylor at Fitzgerald's. The former Duran Duran guitarist had done a near-180 in his career, opting for T. Rex-inspired hard rock over the glamorous Britpop of Rio.
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What? Rush was wrong about something?Rush Limbaugh is still busy preaching to the choir these days, even if his influence on anyone who isn't a hard-core Republican has withered away.
Apparently he was ranting earlier this week about smart meters, those devices that provide consumers with ex ... More >>
Rick Perry, stomping on the Historical CommissionRick Perry's State of the State speech today made clear that the lamestream media has it all wrong when it comes to the financial health of Texas.
"Have the doomsayers forgotten that Texas added more jobs in 2010 than any other state?" he aske ... More >>
Power lines need to power upThe rolling blackouts that have been ordered in an effort to relieve Texas's electricity grid will likely continue for hours, Public Utilities Commission spokesman Terry Hadley tells Hair Balls.
"It's probably a matter of hours, but I'm not going to give any predi ... More >>
Austin's power supplier a major polluter, groups sayAs the Houston Press has written about, and as the Obama administration has determined, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is a pretty lax watchdog.Now they're going to get sued over it.A coalition of clean-air groups has served forma ... More >>
If there's one company out there that won't put up with illegal oil dumping, it's Exxon. These guys are hawks about pollution, and they will sue whoever the hell they need to in order to bring evildoers to justice.So they're suing the United States, which blithely went ignored all sorts of Enviro ... More >>
Fido's dignified last ride, thanks to the City of HoustonSo you're a higher-up at Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, which has experienced public relations problems for the last...um, decades...and then one of your employees comes to you in February with a concern: An exposed-bed Solid ... More >>
General T. Boone Pickens is invading Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Well, virtually. Members of his New Energy Army, numbering somewhere between 1.5 and 3 million strong, are planning to bombard Congress with emails and phone calls urging lawmakers to pass legislation favorable to Pickens' plan to ... More >>
Photo courtesy NIOSHIn case you were worrying that the air in Texas was getting too clean and all, you can rest assured it's not.Now it's coal ash that has the greenies up in arms.The National Resources Defense Council has released a list of states that are proposing to build enough new coal plants ... More >>
A little while ago we received a letter at our home warning us that CenterPoint Energy was thinking about disconnecting our service. Our offense was not an unpaid bill – it was that our meter had become inaccessible. Not only could we be disconnected, we’d have to pay for the re-hook-up.
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