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

Central Texas congressional matchups take shape
 21st Congressional District In a district that includes swaths of Central and South Austin, as well as the north side of San Antonio and six Hill Country counties, Chip Roy, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former first assistant attorney general under Attorney General Ken Paxton, defeated Matt McCall, who lives...

Posted: a day ago

21st Congressional District In a district that includes swaths of Central and South Austin, as well as the north side of San Antonio and six Hill Country counties, Chip Roy, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former first assistant attorney general under Attorney General Ken Paxton, defeated Matt McCall, who lives...
Michael Cloud to face Eric Holguin in 27th Congressional District
 Update 10:40 p.m.: Eric Holguin has won the Democratic nomination for the 27th Congressional District. He will face Republican Michael Cloud in November. Holguin received 61.9 percent of the vote. Raul “Roy” Barrera won 38.1 percent. Cloud won 61 percent of the vote, compared with 39 percent for Bech Bruun. Cloud will be the favorite...

Posted: a day ago

Update 10:40 p.m.: Eric Holguin has won the Democratic nomination for the 27th Congressional District. He will face Republican Michael Cloud in November. Holguin received 61.9 percent of the vote. Raul “Roy” Barrera won 38.1 percent. Cloud won 61 percent of the vote, compared with 39 percent for Bech Bruun. Cloud will be the favorite...
Joseph Kopser to face Chip Roy in 21st Congressional District matchup
 Update 10:15 p.m.: Chip Roy has won the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District. He will face Joseph Kopser, the winner of the Democratic nomination, in the November general election. Roy won 52.7 percent of the vote and Kopser won 58 percent of the vote in their respective primaries. RELATED: Central Texas congressional...

Posted: a day ago

Update 10:15 p.m.: Chip Roy has won the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District. He will face Joseph Kopser, the winner of the Democratic nomination, in the November general election. Roy won 52.7 percent of the vote and Kopser won 58 percent of the vote in their respective primaries. RELATED: Central Texas congressional...
Frustration in West after EPA does away with chemical plant rules
 Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant exposed wide gaps in oversight of chemical facilities, it appears the disaster won’t result in significant federal reforms or regulatory overhaul. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations...

Posted: 5 days ago

Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant exposed wide gaps in oversight of chemical facilities, it appears the disaster won’t result in significant federal reforms or regulatory overhaul. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations...
Did top Texas official break the law by forcing out agency director?
 An elected commissioner of the state agency that regulates Texas’ oil and gas industry lacks the authority to single-handedly terminate the agency’s executive director — but whether that’s what happened last year remains an open question, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday. The attorney general’s...

Posted: 6 days ago

An elected commissioner of the state agency that regulates Texas’ oil and gas industry lacks the authority to single-handedly terminate the agency’s executive director — but whether that’s what happened last year remains an open question, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday. The attorney general’s...
A house divided: Central Texas families who cast opposite votes
 Two years ago, as the campaign for president ran piping hot, Leeanner Burnell, a 63-year-old native Austinite who tends to vote Democratic, bought a gift for her husband, Edward Burnell, 77, a die-hard Republican: a bottle of Trump-branded cologne. “We agree to disagree,” Leeanner Burnell said. “But politics shouldn&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Two years ago, as the campaign for president ran piping hot, Leeanner Burnell, a 63-year-old native Austinite who tends to vote Democratic, bought a gift for her husband, Edward Burnell, 77, a die-hard Republican: a bottle of Trump-branded cologne. “We agree to disagree,” Leeanner Burnell said. “But politics shouldn&rsquo...
Many Texas politicians cheer relocation of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
 As the U.S. relocated its embassy to Israel’s capital city amid deadly violence on the country’s border, many Texas politicians cheered the event. The relocation “is a monumental event and one that is long overdue,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “It’s a great day for Israel and for the U.S.” U.S. Rep. Michael...

Posted: 8 days ago

As the U.S. relocated its embassy to Israel’s capital city amid deadly violence on the country’s border, many Texas politicians cheered the event. The relocation “is a monumental event and one that is long overdue,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “It’s a great day for Israel and for the U.S.” U.S. Rep. Michael...
Republican runoff in CD 27 reflects party’s political dynamic
 The Republican runoff race in Congressional District 27, which sprawls along the Texas coast and takes in parts of Bastrop and Caldwell Counties, is emblematic of the current political dynamic within the Republican Party. Bech Bruun, a 39-year-old Corpus Christi native, has worked his way through an array of state jobs, including in the administrations...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Republican runoff race in Congressional District 27, which sprawls along the Texas coast and takes in parts of Bastrop and Caldwell Counties, is emblematic of the current political dynamic within the Republican Party. Bech Bruun, a 39-year-old Corpus Christi native, has worked his way through an array of state jobs, including in the administrations...
Abbott’s Commission for Women focuses on female entrepreneurs
 Gov. Greg Abbott and state Comptroller Glenn Hegar met Monday with members of the Governor’s Commission for Women to figure out ways to improve opportunities for female entrepreneurs. Abbott said he was seeking the expertise and ideas from the women, who are small-business owners, bankers, accountants and ranchers, to expand economic...

Posted: 16 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott and state Comptroller Glenn Hegar met Monday with members of the Governor’s Commission for Women to figure out ways to improve opportunities for female entrepreneurs. Abbott said he was seeking the expertise and ideas from the women, who are small-business owners, bankers, accountants and ranchers, to expand economic...
Chip Roy, conservative, runs in shadow of Cruz
 State senators were still shuffling into a sleepy Texas Senate Nominations Committee hearing on an April morning in 2011 when Chip Roy, Gov. Rick Perry’s pick to lead the state Office of State-Federal Relations, jolted the proceedings with an unexpected message. The office, which traditionally lobbied for federal money for state institutions...

Posted: 17 days ago

State senators were still shuffling into a sleepy Texas Senate Nominations Committee hearing on an April morning in 2011 when Chip Roy, Gov. Rick Perry’s pick to lead the state Office of State-Federal Relations, jolted the proceedings with an unexpected message. The office, which traditionally lobbied for federal money for state institutions...
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz ties gun ownership to freedom
 Speaking at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on Friday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting showed the dangers of gun control. Cruz gave heaping praise to the two men who confronted the shooter, including one who had shot the shooter with his AR-15. “Stephen (Willeford) is...

Posted: 19 days ago

Speaking at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on Friday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting showed the dangers of gun control. Cruz gave heaping praise to the two men who confronted the shooter, including one who had shot the shooter with his AR-15. “Stephen (Willeford) is...