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

Why Texas officials decided not to levy penalties after pipeline leak
 A buried pipeline running across a Fayette County ranch was leaking, and at least 42 barrels, or 1,700 gallons, of liquid gas containing a known carcinogen were seeping into the ground and possibly making their way into the Central Texas water table. The landowner told the company that owned the pipeline of an unusual odor and dying mesquite...

Posted: 2 days ago

A buried pipeline running across a Fayette County ranch was leaking, and at least 42 barrels, or 1,700 gallons, of liquid gas containing a known carcinogen were seeping into the ground and possibly making their way into the Central Texas water table. The landowner told the company that owned the pipeline of an unusual odor and dying mesquite...
Report: Travis County has among highest vaccination opt-out rates
 Austin ranks among the top 15 “hotspots” nationally for vaccine exemptions, making children not vaccinated vulnerable to contagious diseases, according to a new public health study. The study found Austin — along with Houston, Fort Worth, and Plano — was among the nation’s cities with the highest number of kindergartners...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin ranks among the top 15 “hotspots” nationally for vaccine exemptions, making children not vaccinated vulnerable to contagious diseases, according to a new public health study. The study found Austin — along with Houston, Fort Worth, and Plano — was among the nation’s cities with the highest number of kindergartners...
This Father’s Day, learning to love one’s baby
 Just recently I decided I loved my daughter. She’s 8 months old now, and while I had something like affection for her from the get-go — I was relieved enough at her first appearance, given the effort she and, especially, her mother had endured, to shed tears — my connection was mostly tied to her winning helplessness. Her...

Posted: 3 days ago

Just recently I decided I loved my daughter. She’s 8 months old now, and while I had something like affection for her from the get-go — I was relieved enough at her first appearance, given the effort she and, especially, her mother had endured, to shed tears — my connection was mostly tied to her winning helplessness. Her...
Texas lags in vaccination rates for human papillomavirus
 Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort. Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort. Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical...
Health Experts: Vaccinate kids for HPV to prevent cancers
 Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort. Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort. Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical...
State scientist tapped for EPA panel with backing of Texas GOP donor
 An Austin-based state toxicologist whose views on air pollution are at odds with those of many scientists was recommended to lead a key Trump administration environmental science board by a Texas Republican donor. Michael Honeycutt, director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality toxicology division, was named head of the U.S. Environmental...

Posted: 9 days ago

An Austin-based state toxicologist whose views on air pollution are at odds with those of many scientists was recommended to lead a key Trump administration environmental science board by a Texas Republican donor. Michael Honeycutt, director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality toxicology division, was named head of the U.S. Environmental...
Read which Texas state agency landed on an America’s Best Employers list

Posted: 9 days ago

Forbes recently put out a list of “America’s Best Employers,” and at least one Texas state agency made it. Gov. Greg Abbott even put out a proclamation touting the designation. The agency? The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It’s ranked on the sub-list “America&rsquo...
Trump: U.S. Coast Guard rescued Hurricane Harvey gawkers
 President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that many Texans had to be rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard during Hurricane Harvey last year because they were in boats watching the storm. Trump thanked the U.S. Coast Guard for its service helping rescue 16,000 people after Harvey and other storms. “Saved sixteen thousand people, many...

Posted: 11 days ago

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that many Texans had to be rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard during Hurricane Harvey last year because they were in boats watching the storm. Trump thanked the U.S. Coast Guard for its service helping rescue 16,000 people after Harvey and other storms. “Saved sixteen thousand people, many...
In U.S. Senate race, Ted Cruz campaign attacks Beto O’Rourke’s mother
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday accused his Democratic rival U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, of concealing information about a 2010 tax fraud conviction related to his mother’s company. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News published Tuesday, O’Rourke had said he worried about the “local furniture...

Posted: 11 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday accused his Democratic rival U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, of concealing information about a 2010 tax fraud conviction related to his mother’s company. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News published Tuesday, O’Rourke had said he worried about the “local furniture...
Deal to limit Dripping Springs sewage plant discharge hits snag
 After years of fighting a proposal to expand a sewage treatment plant that would dump treated wastewater into a creek that feeds Barton Springs, the city of Austin, groundwater conservation districts, Onion Creek property owners and the Save Barton Creek Association appear to be nearing an agreement with the city of Dripping Springs to limit...

Posted: 16 days ago

After years of fighting a proposal to expand a sewage treatment plant that would dump treated wastewater into a creek that feeds Barton Springs, the city of Austin, groundwater conservation districts, Onion Creek property owners and the Save Barton Creek Association appear to be nearing an agreement with the city of Dripping Springs to limit...