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Opinion: Texas must implement carbon capture

By Susan Combs The Dallas Morning News, September 24, 2022   Let’s protect the environment without following Europe’s dire path and attacking fossil fuels.   Larry Summers, former U.S. treasury secretary under President Barack Obama, recently was interviewed for a Harvard Institute of Politics forum at the Boston Globe’s Globe Summit, where he described the Biden administration’s policy not […]

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Combs: By promoting use of clean fossil fuels, Texas can secure its power grid for generations to come

By Susan Combs Rio Grande Guardian, Aug. 24, 2022   Texas continues to experience record-breaking heat that is putting our electric grid to the test. Several times recently, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a conservation pleas to Texans to avoid rolling blackouts. And the state keeps setting records for energy demand.   […]

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Opinion: Path to a carbon neutral future is through the Texas Railroad Commission

By Charles McConnell Houston Chronicle, Jul. 29, 2022 Texas must remain a global leader in affordable and reliable energy, but this ambition must also include a commitment to a carbon neutral future and a reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change. There is a misguided narrative that increasing energy output while lowering emissions […]

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Opinion: Texas can lead the way in hydrogen energy technology

By Charles McConnell Opinion contributor Caller Times, Jul. 8, 2022   From the days of Spindletop, Texas has been the country’s leader in energy production. Currently one-fourth of the nation’s domestic energy production comes from the Lone Star State.   And Texas will continue to be the energy leader of the future not just domestically […]

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Opinion: How Texas farmers can profit while pumping carbon into the soil

By Jim Blackburn and Susan Combs Houston Chronicle, June 5, 2022 Farmers and ranchers in Texas today are facing one of the largest transformations in their industry since barbed wire and tractors. The agricultural industry is uniquely positioned to become a key player in solving our climate crisis, and we all need to help them […]

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Lloyd: Lone Star State poised for next great energy boom

May 17, 2022 By Brian Loyd The Rio Grande Guardian Texas knows energy. The hard work and ingenuity of Texans has made us our nation’s leading producer of oil, natural gas, wind power, and electricity, and in most cases, number two isn’t close. Texans have driven the United States’ resurgent energy independence, and now we are increasingly […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Forestry, carbon sequestration can help clean up our environment

March 9, 2022 By Rob Hughes and Carly Ray Polk Jr. The Lufkin Daily News   The Texas economy is the envy of the nation. The Lone Star State’s annual GDP accounts for 9% of all U.S. GDP, and we are the ninth largest economy in the world. We account for 20% of U.S. exports […]

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Commentary: We need to be free of our dependence on Russian oil

March 7, 2022 By Susan Combs San Antonio Express-News   With Putin’s war raging in Ukraine, the European Union has found itself in the midst of an energy and moral crisis. The European Union has put themselves in the position of relying on a ruthless dictator for 41percent of its natural gas needs, and helping […]

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Net-zero emissions pledges matter

January 25, 2022 Chuck McConnell   ExxonMobil’s recently announced pledge of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is another key commitment from the energy industry and a signal that the energy transition is in full thrust — and requires action and not just words.  This pledge is much the same as many other companies in oil and gas, […]

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Opinion: Texas can continue to lead in a new economy that’s carbon neutral

January 23, 2022 By Susan Combs   For years, governments have been grappling with the impact of carbon emissions. From incentives for clean energy to increased regulations, lawmakers have been searching for ways to clean up our environment, which is no doubt concerning to the hundreds of thousands of Texans who rely on the fossil […]

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The Hydrogen Economy

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: Incentives