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

2 top officials out at Texas Veterans Land Board
 Two top officials at the state agency charged with administering benefits for veterans are out — and state officials are mum about the departures. The Veterans Land Board, overseen by Land Commissioner George P. Bush, offers low-interest loans to veterans to buy property or improve homes, operates nursing homes for veterans and oversees...

Posted: a day ago

Two top officials at the state agency charged with administering benefits for veterans are out — and state officials are mum about the departures. The Veterans Land Board, overseen by Land Commissioner George P. Bush, offers low-interest loans to veterans to buy property or improve homes, operates nursing homes for veterans and oversees...
How George P. Bush’s agency stumbled in helping Harvey victims
 Less than a month after Hurricane Harvey struck, Gov. Greg Abbott tapped Land Commissioner George P. Bush to help put storm victims back in their homes. “I am confident Land Commissioner Bush is up to the challenge,” Abbott said in September. “His charge is clear — to be a champion for Texans whose residences have...

Posted: 2 days ago

Less than a month after Hurricane Harvey struck, Gov. Greg Abbott tapped Land Commissioner George P. Bush to help put storm victims back in their homes. “I am confident Land Commissioner Bush is up to the challenge,” Abbott said in September. “His charge is clear — to be a champion for Texans whose residences have...
Hoping to stave off federal action, Texas rewrites lizard plan
 Aiming to reform a troubled state program designed to stave off federal habitat protections for a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a new version, meant to address what Hegar’s office called the plan’s “systemic...

Posted: 4 days ago

Aiming to reform a troubled state program designed to stave off federal habitat protections for a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a new version, meant to address what Hegar’s office called the plan’s “systemic...
Texas’ VW emissions settlement: $209M. Austin’s cut: $0.
 A state proposal to divvy up millions of dollars related to a Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal almost completely shuts out Austin — even though Austinites purchased more of the compromised Volkswagens, as a percentage of population, than other parts of Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a draft plan published...

Posted: 8 days ago

A state proposal to divvy up millions of dollars related to a Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal almost completely shuts out Austin — even though Austinites purchased more of the compromised Volkswagens, as a percentage of population, than other parts of Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a draft plan published...
Texas’ VW emissions settlement: $209M. Austin’s cut: $0.
 A state proposal to divvy up millions of dollars related to a Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal almost completely shuts out Austin — even though Austinites purchased more of the compromised Volkswagens, as a percentage of population, than other parts of Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a draft...

Posted: 8 days ago

A state proposal to divvy up millions of dollars related to a Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal almost completely shuts out Austin — even though Austinites purchased more of the compromised Volkswagens, as a percentage of population, than other parts of Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a draft...
State auditor: Texas is failing to protect its most vulnerable adults
 The state agency charged with investigating abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation and providing services to older Texans and adults with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities, did not consistently follow its policies and procedures for in-home investigations, the Texas State Auditor reported on Wednesday. “This increases...

Posted: 9 days ago

The state agency charged with investigating abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation and providing services to older Texans and adults with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities, did not consistently follow its policies and procedures for in-home investigations, the Texas State Auditor reported on Wednesday. “This increases...
Carrera reñida entre Cruz y O’Rourke para el Senado estadounidense
 La carrera entre el senador estadounidense Ted Cruz, republicano por Texas, y el representante estadounidense Beto O’Rourke, demócrata por El Paso, sigue estando reñida, según dos encuestas publicadas el miércoles 1. La encuesta de Texas Lyceum, realizada entre el 9 y el 26 de julio, muestra a Cruz con una...

Posted: 10 days ago

La carrera entre el senador estadounidense Ted Cruz, republicano por Texas, y el representante estadounidense Beto O’Rourke, demócrata por El Paso, sigue estando reñida, según dos encuestas publicadas el miércoles 1. La encuesta de Texas Lyceum, realizada entre el 9 y el 26 de julio, muestra a Cruz con una...
Polls: Ted Cruz edges Beto O’Rourke by single digits
 The race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, remains tight, according to a pair of polls released Wednesday. Cruz is listed as having a 2-point edge over O’Rourke in the only close race at the top of the Texas ballot in 2018 in a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday. And in a Quinnipiac...

Posted: 16 days ago

The race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, remains tight, according to a pair of polls released Wednesday. Cruz is listed as having a 2-point edge over O’Rourke in the only close race at the top of the Texas ballot in 2018 in a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday. And in a Quinnipiac...
Quinnipiac poll: Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke by 6 points
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continues to lead Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, in their Texas Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Cruz holds a 49-43 percent lead, according to the poll. That’s slightly tighter than a May 30 poll by Quinnipiac that showed Cruz topping...

Posted: 16 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continues to lead Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, in their Texas Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Cruz holds a 49-43 percent lead, according to the poll. That’s slightly tighter than a May 30 poll by Quinnipiac that showed Cruz topping...
Attorney group: Child died after release from custody in South Texas
 A child who had been held at an immigrant detention facility in South Texas died following release from detention, according to a national association of immigration lawyers. The American Immigration Lawyers Association “learned from someone in touch with that family that a death had occurred after the child had left Dilley,”...

Posted: 16 days ago

A child who had been held at an immigrant detention facility in South Texas died following release from detention, according to a national association of immigration lawyers. The American Immigration Lawyers Association “learned from someone in touch with that family that a death had occurred after the child had left Dilley,”...