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Media Mention January 15, 2020

Gulf Coast oil and gas expansion will generate half a billion annual tons of emissions in U.S.: report

More than half a billion tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions per year — equivalent to 8 percent of total U.S. emissions — may be generated by new oil, gas and petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana, University of Texas researchers estimate.

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Media Mention January 14, 2020

Cheap Natural Gas Could Add 500 Million Tons to U.S. Emissions

“The big insight here is that the change in the price of natural gas changes the incentives to invest in some types of downstream infrastructure,” Andrew Waxman, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin and lead author of the latest study, said in an interview. “Having taken

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Media Mention January 14, 2020

U.S. greenhouse gases to billow on Gulf Coast petrochemicals charge -study

A multi-billion dollar boom in petrochemical plants proposed along the U.S. Gulf Coast could pump as much greenhouse gas into the air as 131 coal-fired power plants by 2030, according to a study released on Tuesday by University of Texas at Austin researchers.

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Media Mention January 14, 2020

U.S. greenhouse gases to billow on Gulf Coast petrochemicals charge: study

A multi-billion dollar boom in petrochemical plants proposed along the U.S. Gulf Coast could pump as much greenhouse gas into the air as 131 coal-fired power plants by 2030, according to a study released on Tuesday by University of Texas researchers.

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Media Mention January 13, 2020

Australia's fires have devastated millions of acres. What's the political damage?

"Australia has been burning for more than two months," write Joshua Busby and Matto Mildenberger in the Washington Post. "Sobering images show summer vacationers sheltering from the flames while awaiting rescue

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Media Mention January 13, 2020

Trump says it doesn't matter if Soleimani posed an imminent threat

LBJ Professor Will Inboden, chair of the Clements Center for National Security, commented to The Hill on the Trump administration's take that it doesn't matter whether Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the U.S. 

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Media Mention January 7, 2020

Living in limbo may end for Liberians in the U.S.

"There is a bright light in America's very dark sky," writes LBJ's Ruth Wasem in The Hill. "Despite a highly partisan Congress struggling to enact legislation and a president erupting in xenophobic tweets, a positive immigration provision became manifest during the holiday season. Nestled in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 that President Trump signed Dec. 20, 2019, is the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (section 7611). For the first time in over 20 years, foreign nationals from a country who had been given blanket relief from removal for humanitarian reasons now have the statutory authority to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

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Media Mention December 16, 2019

Conflicts of interest have tainted Austin school closures, critics say

Public management professor Donald Kettl at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas said that experts consider it unreasonable — even unwise — to prohibit vendors from ever working for a governmental agency because of the expertise vendors bring. The way to avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest is to be completely transparent, he said.

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Media Mention December 12, 2019

Expert says even as the economy booms, Texas should focus on those left behind

Lower graduation rates and higher levels of poverty are indicators that economic good times have not reached all Texans, said LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo on the Texas Standard.

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Media Mention December 12, 2019

If ‘strike the last word’ was an impeachment drinking game, no one would survive

Bill Shute, the interim director of the Washington Center of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, weighs in on a report analyzing why members of Congress keep repeating that phrase. The report was written by LBJ faculty member Elizabeth Rybicki, a specialist on Congress and the legislative process at the Congressional Research Service.

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