News Types: Media Coverage

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, “Moving Forward with Energy: A Conversation with Kay Bailey Hutchison,” (McCombs TODAY)

UT Energy Week concluded Feb. 19-20, 2015 with an inaugural symposium and gala hosted by the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, a newly formed collaboration combining the resources and missions of energy initiatives from the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin.

Named for former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the KBH Energy Center will sponsor research, host lectures and conferences, and develop innovative curriculum and learning opportunities leading to energy careers.

McCombs TODAY sat down to ask Senator Hutchison about the new center and her interest in driving energy innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.

Kelly Haragan, “Legal groups help Hillcrest residents fight bridge proposal,” (KRIS Corpus Christi News)

The recent proposal to construct a new bridge to replace the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi continues to face severe opposition from Hillcrest residents. Though the bridge proposal won’t require the demolition of homes, the overall impact has many residents looking to move. KRIS Corpus Christi News discusses the ongoing tussle in a recent article and quoted Texas Law Clinical Professor Kelly Haragan, who supports the views of the residents. Professor Haragan said “We do plan to challenge that decision unless there’s more mitigation that really addresses the concerns of the neighbors.”

Thomas McGarity, “Texas says federal plan for coal plant emissions is too harsh,” (San Antonio Express-News)

The San Antonio Express-News quoted Texas Law Professor Tom McGarity in an article about the recent federal proposal which calls for Texas to reduce its carbon emissions from coal plants by 39%. Although Texas says it shouldn’t be forced to make deeper emissions cuts than Kentucky and West Virginia (which would be required to make cuts of 20% and 18%, respectively), Professor McGarity opined that “Texas shouldn’t be scared of the target because the state has abundant energy sources other than coal.”

Thomas McGarity, “Texas pushing back as feds move to reduce coal-fired plants,” (Houston Chronicle)

President Obama’s plan to sharply reduce climate-altering pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation’s leading source of carbon dioxide emissions, has led Texas to push back. According to an article that appeared in the December 28, 2014 edition Houston Chronicle, “The federal proposal calls for Texas to reduce its carbon emissions 39 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.” Texas Law Professor Thomas McGarity, who specializes in government regulation, was quoted in the article as saying, “this regulation hits the status quo harder than any other, and we have powerful economic interests in this state wanting to maintain the status quo.” However, Professor McGarity also noted that “Texas shouldn’t be scared of the target because the state has abundant energy sources other than coal,” and concluded that “technology advances when ‘the pressure is there’ from regulation.”

Thomas McGarity, “It’s David vs. Two Goliath’s in Texas Fracking Fight,” (Inside Climate News)

In an article about the recent historic vote to ban fracking in the college town of Denton – and industry’s lightening-fast response (barely 13 hours after the polls closed on Nov. 4, oil and gas lawyers were in court, suing the town), Inside Climate News quoted Professor Tom McGarity on other cities that might be thinking of enacting similar kinds of legislation. Professor McGarity observed that “If you try to do something like this you’re going to get sued, too.”