Asher Price

Environment, state agencies reporter

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

Despite renewed effort, Texas game wardens struggle to diversify ranks
 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens trace their roots to the late 19th century as the conservation-minded, pioneering counterparts of the more storied Texas Rangers. Their mission started simple enough, to prevent the overhunting of Texas wild game. But while “Law Enforcement Off the Pavement” remains their motto...

Posted: 8 days ago

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens trace their roots to the late 19th century as the conservation-minded, pioneering counterparts of the more storied Texas Rangers. Their mission started simple enough, to prevent the overhunting of Texas wild game. But while “Law Enforcement Off the Pavement” remains their motto...
Despite renewed effort, Texas game wardens struggle to diversify ranks
 Five years after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials pledged to diversify the agency’s law enforcement ranks following federal complaints over how the Texas game wardens operated, the agency has failed to fold more women or African-Americans into its ranks, according to an analysis by the American-Statesman. As a further lawsuit...

Posted: 10 days ago

Five years after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials pledged to diversify the agency’s law enforcement ranks following federal complaints over how the Texas game wardens operated, the agency has failed to fold more women or African-Americans into its ranks, according to an analysis by the American-Statesman. As a further lawsuit...
Austin Democrats emerge to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith
 In 2014, no Democrat ran against Lamar Smith, the San Antonio-based congressman who was first elected in 1986. Last year, two Democrats squared off for the right to challenge Smith; the winner of that primary was a first-time congressional candidate who lost to the Republican by 21 percentage points. But in a sign of the general frustration...

4:37 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

In 2014, no Democrat ran against Lamar Smith, the San Antonio-based congressman who was first elected in 1986. Last year, two Democrats squared off for the right to challenge Smith; the winner of that primary was a first-time congressional candidate who lost to the Republican by 21 percentage points. But in a sign of the general frustration...
Austin Democrats emerge to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith
 In 2014, no Democrat ran against Lamar Smith, the San Antonio-based congressman who was first elected in 1986. Last year, two Democrats squared off for the right to challenge Smith; the winner of that primary was a first-time congressional candidate who lost to the Republican by 21 percentage points. But in a sign of the general frustration...

4:25 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

In 2014, no Democrat ran against Lamar Smith, the San Antonio-based congressman who was first elected in 1986. Last year, two Democrats squared off for the right to challenge Smith; the winner of that primary was a first-time congressional candidate who lost to the Republican by 21 percentage points. But in a sign of the general frustration...
Legislative efforts to curtail local environmental rules faltered
 Five months ago, conservative lawmakers had high hopes of loosening environmental regulations, especially those enacted by progressive-minded cities like Austin. In the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers passed a measure overriding the city of Denton’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing, a type of gas drilling. This year, conservative...

8:31 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Five months ago, conservative lawmakers had high hopes of loosening environmental regulations, especially those enacted by progressive-minded cities like Austin. In the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers passed a measure overriding the city of Denton’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing, a type of gas drilling. This year, conservative...
Texas voter ID bill heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk
 A reworked bill that would relax the state’s embattled voter ID restrictions passed the Texas House on Sunday and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Senate Bill 5 had emerged from conference committee Saturday with many of the House amendments intact — but with a compromise on the criminal penalty for lying on a...

10:06 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

A reworked bill that would relax the state’s embattled voter ID restrictions passed the Texas House on Sunday and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Senate Bill 5 had emerged from conference committee Saturday with many of the House amendments intact — but with a compromise on the criminal penalty for lying on a...
‘Buy American’ legislation heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk
 A measure that prods state agencies to buy iron and steel from the United States will head to the governor’s office after its passage in both the Texas House and Texas Senate over the weekend. Senate Bill 1289 would require state entities with projects relating to the construction, remodeling, or altering of a building or infrastructure...

9:30 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

A measure that prods state agencies to buy iron and steel from the United States will head to the governor’s office after its passage in both the Texas House and Texas Senate over the weekend. Senate Bill 1289 would require state entities with projects relating to the construction, remodeling, or altering of a building or infrastructure...
Effort in Texas to legalize daily fantasy sports appears dead
 The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond had proposed legislation that would designate fantasy sports as legal, skill-based games, in direct contradiction to an opinion handed down by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last year deeming fantasy sports...

8:55 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond had proposed legislation that would designate fantasy sports as legal, skill-based games, in direct contradiction to an opinion handed down by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last year deeming fantasy sports...
State officials close to deal to expand Pedernales Falls State Park
 A deal meant to protect the views in a popular Hill Country state park appears to be near completion, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials and a landowner said Thursday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will buy, at no more than half the market rate, 200 acres of private property on a bluff opposite Pedernales Falls State Park; landowner...

6:36 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

A deal meant to protect the views in a popular Hill Country state park appears to be near completion, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials and a landowner said Thursday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will buy, at no more than half the market rate, 200 acres of private property on a bluff opposite Pedernales Falls State Park; landowner...
Texas parks projects on hold after snub by Legislature
 New work to address overdue repairs at Texas state parks and efforts to open new parks to the public appear to be on hold after lawmakers at the Capitol have signaled unwillingness to give more money to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We knew this was going to be a very fiscally constrained session going into it,” agency...

11:44 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

New work to address overdue repairs at Texas state parks and efforts to open new parks to the public appear to be on hold after lawmakers at the Capitol have signaled unwillingness to give more money to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We knew this was going to be a very fiscally constrained session going into it,” agency...