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Asher Price

Asher Price has covered energy and the environment for the American-Statesman since 2006. Three times the Society of Environmental Journalists has named him a finalist for its beat reporter of the year award, most recently in 2015. Asher is the co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power (UT Press, 2013), and author of Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity (Random House, 2015), about his efforts to dunk a basketball, for the very first time, in his mid-30s. He studied English at Yale and has graduate degrees in public policy and journalism from Oxford and Columbia, where he was a Knight-Bagehot fellow studying business and journalism. He lives in the South Congress neighborhood with his wife and dog.

Latest from Asher Price

Trump budget threatens Texas environmental and energy research
 Projections of hurricane flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast. The development of a window glaze to better control the heating of buildings. An analysis of the relationship between air pollution and hypertension in Mexican-Americans. An examination of the effectiveness of water treatment systems in poor communities in West Texas. A look at...

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Projections of hurricane flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast. The development of a window glaze to better control the heating of buildings. An analysis of the relationship between air pollution and hypertension in Mexican-Americans. An examination of the effectiveness of water treatment systems in poor communities in West Texas. A look at...
Fungus causing lethal bat syndrome detected in Texas

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The fungus that causes the deadly white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected in Texas, federal and state officials announced Thursday. White-nose syndrome has led to the death of as many as 6 million bats in North America over the last decade, though scientists think non-hibernating bats, like those found beneath the Ann Richards...
Fungus causing lethal bat syndrome detected in Texas
 The fungus that causes the deadly white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected in Texas, according to federal and state officials. The fungus has been found in an area northeast of Lubbock, near Childress, according to Lesli Gray of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. First discovered in New York in the winter of 2006-07, white-nose...

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The fungus that causes the deadly white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected in Texas, according to federal and state officials. The fungus has been found in an area northeast of Lubbock, near Childress, according to Lesli Gray of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. First discovered in New York in the winter of 2006-07, white-nose...
Former Texas congressman Steve Stockman indicted on felony charge
 A former congressman from Southeast Texas has been accused of conspiring to violate federal election law during his last term in office. Prosecutors claim former Rep. Steve Stockman illegally funneled money donated to a charity he controlled toward his personal expenses and political campaigns, according to documents filed in federal court...

Posted: 7 days ago

A former congressman from Southeast Texas has been accused of conspiring to violate federal election law during his last term in office. Prosecutors claim former Rep. Steve Stockman illegally funneled money donated to a charity he controlled toward his personal expenses and political campaigns, according to documents filed in federal court...
Former U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman indicted on felony charge
 A former U.S. Congressman from southeast Texas who has often been in the center of controversy, was in federal court Thursday, accused of conspiring to violate federal election law during his last term in office. In 2011 Steve Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas, according to a sworn statement by FBI special...

Posted: 7 days ago

A former U.S. Congressman from southeast Texas who has often been in the center of controversy, was in federal court Thursday, accused of conspiring to violate federal election law during his last term in office. In 2011 Steve Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas, according to a sworn statement by FBI special...
Trump’s budget spells end for some Texas environmental projects
 Programs that aim to rid water wells of arsenic in poor pockets of South Texas, prevent bioterrorism and redevelop former industrial sites into parks in East Austin appear to be in jeopardy under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Seeking a “broader strategy of streamlining environmental protection,” the White House...

Posted: 8 days ago

Programs that aim to rid water wells of arsenic in poor pockets of South Texas, prevent bioterrorism and redevelop former industrial sites into parks in East Austin appear to be in jeopardy under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Seeking a “broader strategy of streamlining environmental protection,” the White House...
With land already in hand, Trump eyes Big Bend for border wall
 Not even Donald Trump can build a wall as beautiful as what God has built here, says the GOP chairman for Presidio County, in the heart of the Big Bend, the vast, remote nook of West Texas. The terrain here is stark and inhospitable, and bigger than any wall envisioned by the Trump administration: In Santa Elena Canyon, thousand-foot...

Posted: 8 days ago

Not even Donald Trump can build a wall as beautiful as what God has built here, says the GOP chairman for Presidio County, in the heart of the Big Bend, the vast, remote nook of West Texas. The terrain here is stark and inhospitable, and bigger than any wall envisioned by the Trump administration: In Santa Elena Canyon, thousand-foot...
With land already in hand, Trump eyes Big Bend for border wall
 Not even Donald Trump can build a wall as beautiful as what God has built here, says the GOP chairman for Presidio County, in the heart of the Big Bend, the vast, remote nook of West Texas. The terrain here is stark and inhospitable, and bigger than any wall envisioned by the Trump administration: In Santa Elena Canyon, thousand-foot...

Posted: 8 days ago

Not even Donald Trump can build a wall as beautiful as what God has built here, says the GOP chairman for Presidio County, in the heart of the Big Bend, the vast, remote nook of West Texas. The terrain here is stark and inhospitable, and bigger than any wall envisioned by the Trump administration: In Santa Elena Canyon, thousand-foot...
Could a new Ken Paxton lawsuit help land nuclear waste in Texas?
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the federal government to force a decision on long-term radioactive waste storage, possibly setting the stage for the waste to be stored in Texas, at least on a short-term basis. Paxton on Wednesday announced the suit, asking for a vote by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on whether to license Nevada&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the federal government to force a decision on long-term radioactive waste storage, possibly setting the stage for the waste to be stored in Texas, at least on a short-term basis. Paxton on Wednesday announced the suit, asking for a vote by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on whether to license Nevada&rsquo...
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pushes for resolution to nuke waste
 Pressing the federal government to make a decision on its long-term storage strategy for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste — and possibly setting the stage for Texas as at least a temporary repository for such material from around the nation — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday announced that he wants to...

Posted: 9 days ago

Pressing the federal government to make a decision on its long-term storage strategy for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste — and possibly setting the stage for Texas as at least a temporary repository for such material from around the nation — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday announced that he wants to...
Environmental events at SXSW 2017
 It’s SXSW season in Austin, Tex. Fall is usually the time of the SXSW Eco festival, but this year’s film, interactive and music festivals have interesting offerings of their own. Among them the documentaries Bill Nye: The Science Guy (“A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in...

Posted: 12 days ago

It’s SXSW season in Austin, Tex. Fall is usually the time of the SXSW Eco festival, but this year’s film, interactive and music festivals have interesting offerings of their own. Among them the documentaries Bill Nye: The Science Guy (“A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in...