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Sunday column
"There isn't a requirement for a presidential permit to move it through Energy East to the Gulf Coast," Girling told a press conference Thursday, explaining that about 500,000 barrels of oil a day would be exported by ship from Canada's east coast. Environmental groups say they will try to block the Energy East pipeline as well, but face an uphill battle since TransCanada has won support from most communities along the route. Protesters opposed...
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There's something about October that brings out the mixed economic indicators and worry among investors and executives. This year is no different, though momentum appears to be at our backs.
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Oil industry executives have been talking about exporting the current glut of U.S. crude oil for months, and Congress is expected to take up the issue next year. In anticipation of the debate, those who oppose exports are talking about national security and shuttered U.S. refineries. Those in support talk about $30 gaps between domestic and international crude prices and a collapse of the domestic drilling boom. Take it all with a grain of salt.
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As prices for crude drop, debate rages over hydraulic fracturing and well production tapers, German industrial giant Siemens AG announced plans to spend $7.6 billion on Houston-based oil field supply company Dresser-Rand Group Inc. Siemens, with a portfolio that takes an all-of-the-above strategy on energy, is clearly betting on the long-term sustainability of U.S. oil and gas production. 
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it is nice and big investment from Siemens at this time in Houston-based Oil field, because middle east crises will not solve soon.
 
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Houston doesn't need to spend $1.3 BN on Tesla to have a strong economy, despite long history of incentive programs.
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The success of craft spirits, though, has brought competition from faux-craft businesses: big distillers pretending to be small distillers, marketing professionals selling mass-produced liquor in fancy bottles and aficionados who purchase the best barrels from large distillers and then bottle them with clever names. While they waited for their bourbon to mature, Travis Whitmeyer said his company made vodka and moonshine, which does not require a...
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High crude oil prices have certainly fueled innovation and economic growth over the last four years, and the dozen or so major construction projects in downtown Houston are driven by the oil boom. No analyst can confidently predict where oil prices will go next, but if prices for West Texas Intermediate can be sustained at around $80 a barrel, that would hit a sweet spot that rewards efficient operators, weeds out over-leveraged speculators and ...
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Interesting ideas about government's responsibility for pollution (externalities) 
French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market regulation, but much of it also focused on how to capture the cost of pollution and the impact of climate change. His work has application to Houston's energy industry.
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HP's CEO, Meg Whitman, said Monday the venerable progenitor of Silicon Valley will divide itself into HP Inc., which will make and sell PCs and printers, and HP Enterprise, which will concentrate on developing cloud computing and business tools. Whitman promises that HP Inc. will efficiently manufacture this equipment in a way that delivers returns to shareholders despite tight margins. Since HP's Houston facility is involved in hardware design...
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Latest column: Renew the Ex-Im Bank
The government of almost every industrialized nation has an export-import bank to provide financing and insurance for international transactions. Since legal systems in other countries are not always dependable, export-import banks boost provide commercial lenders with a guarantee that if a foreign buyer defaults, the bank will pay the debt and the government will use diplomatic means to recover the loss. The bank collects fees paid by the comp...
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Chevron is the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards intended to ease concerns about hydraulic fracturing. The company should be congratulated and others should follow suit. But social responsibility isn't as simple as ticking a box, and the company should remain engaged with the community and continue to take steps that demonstrate that the company's drilling practices are sound.
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not only for inside USA but in the world this new standard to compete other drilling companies.
 
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Employment
  • Houston Chronicle
    Business Columnist, 2014 - present
    Columnist writing about business, energy and economics for the Houston Chronicle.
  • The Associated Press
    Supervisory Correspondent, 2011 - 2014
  • The Texas Observer
    Managing Editor, 2009 - 2011
  • The Associated Press
    East Africa Bureau Chief, 2004 - 2007
  • The Associated Press
    East Africa Correspondent, 2000 - 2004
  • The Associated Press
    Editor, International Desk, 1998 - 2000
  • The Associated Press
    Newsman, Minneapolis, 1997 - 1998
  • The Associated Press
    Correspondent, Kigali, Rwanda, 1995 - 1997
  • U.S. Army
    Intelligence Analyst, 1983 - 1990
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Austin
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Dallas - Nairobi, Kenya - Kigali, Rwanda - Bad Aibling, Germany - Fort Meade, Maryland - Fort Hood, Texas - Okinawa, Japan - Johannesburg, South Africa - Pensacola, Florida - New York, NY - Minneapolis, Minnesota - Fort Jackson, South Carolina - Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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Introduction

Since May 2014, writing a twice-weekly business column for the Houston Chronicle.

From 2011 to 2014, I was the supervisory correspondent in the Austin, Texas bureau of The Associated Press. From August 2009 to December 2010, I was the managing editor of The Texas Observer. I supervised daily operations and was responsible for the Web site.

I am working on a book and film about bigotry and racism in Texas and in the seven ethnically-influenced wars I've covered around the world.

Until August 2007, I was the AP's chief of bureau for East Africa. I worked as an investigative reporter as a contractor for AP from August 2007 to 2009.

In 2009, I was named a Fellow in Journalism at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security Studies and Law. I also teach writing at the University of Texas Department of Journalism and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

I lecture across the country on international reporting and strategic communication in the developing world.

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Journalism, Texas, Africa, Terrorism, Conflict, Strategic Communication, Natural and man-made disasters, Texas History, Military Affairs, Bigotry

Education
  • University of Texas at Austin
    Humanities, 1990 - 1992
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