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

Abbott asks disgraced congressman to foot bill for special election
 Gov. Greg Abbott wants Blake Farenthold to foot the bill for a special election the governor has called to replace the former disgraced congressman. Abbott on Wednesday sent a letter to Farenthold, a Corpus Christi Republican who resigned from Congress in early April amid sexual harassment claims, demanding that he cover all costs for the...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Gov. Greg Abbott wants Blake Farenthold to foot the bill for a special election the governor has called to replace the former disgraced congressman. Abbott on Wednesday sent a letter to Farenthold, a Corpus Christi Republican who resigned from Congress in early April amid sexual harassment claims, demanding that he cover all costs for the...
Texas oil and gas regulator: Science isn’t settled on global warming
 Contrary to widely held conclusions by scientists, a senior official in Texas’ oil and gas regulatory agency said Tuesday “we don’t know whether man-made greenhouse gases are impacting our climate in a harmful way.” Wayne Christian, a Republican elected in 2016 to the state Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and...

Posted: a day ago

Contrary to widely held conclusions by scientists, a senior official in Texas’ oil and gas regulatory agency said Tuesday “we don’t know whether man-made greenhouse gases are impacting our climate in a harmful way.” Wayne Christian, a Republican elected in 2016 to the state Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and...
Abbott calls June 30 special election to replace disgraced congressman
 Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered an emergency special election on June 30 to elect a U.S. representative for the 27th Congressional District to serve out the current unexpired term. In the event of a runoff, that election likely will be held in September. The race is to replace U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, who resigned...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered an emergency special election on June 30 to elect a U.S. representative for the 27th Congressional District to serve out the current unexpired term. In the event of a runoff, that election likely will be held in September. The race is to replace U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, who resigned...
Paxton: Abbott can use disaster powers to hasten special election
 To the extent election law prevents or delays the recovery of Texas’ coastal areas in the long aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,  Gov. Greg Abbott can suspend that law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday. Tying the ravages of Hurricane Harvey with the abrupt resignation of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, Abbott...

Posted: 2 days ago

To the extent election law prevents or delays the recovery of Texas’ coastal areas in the long aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott can suspend that law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday. Tying the ravages of Hurricane Harvey with the abrupt resignation of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, Abbott...
She explores Austin's bird world from a wheelchair. You can, too.
 A few years ago, out on a nature trail, Virginia Rose, enraptured by birds she was tracking through her binoculars, grew separated from her birding group. She was all alone, happily listening to bird songs and searching out their sources, when, eventually, a woman tapped her on the shoulder: “How did you get here?” “What...

Posted: 2 days ago

A few years ago, out on a nature trail, Virginia Rose, enraptured by birds she was tracking through her binoculars, grew separated from her birding group. She was all alone, happily listening to bird songs and searching out their sources, when, eventually, a woman tapped her on the shoulder: “How did you get here?” “What...
Paxton to Abbott: Suspension of election law okay to cope with Harvey
 To the extent election law prevents or delays the recovery of Texas’ coastal areas in the long aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,  Gov. Greg Abbott can suspend that law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday. Tying the ravages of Hurricane Harvey with the abrupt resignation of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, Abbott...

Posted: 2 days ago

To the extent election law prevents or delays the recovery of Texas’ coastal areas in the long aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott can suspend that law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday. Tying the ravages of Hurricane Harvey with the abrupt resignation of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, Abbott...
Abbott seeking to call a special election to replace Rep. Farenthold
 Gov. Greg Abbott has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on whether Abbott can suspend state election law to call a special election “as soon as is legally possible” to fill the congressional seat left vacant when embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned two weeks ago. In a letter...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on whether Abbott can suspend state election law to call a special election “as soon as is legally possible” to fill the congressional seat left vacant when embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned two weeks ago. In a letter...
Abbott seeking to call a special election to replace Rep. Farenthold
 Gov. Greg Abbott has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on whether Abbott can suspend state election law to call a special election “as soon as is legally possible” to fill the congressional seat left vacant when embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned two weeks ago. In a letter to Attorney...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on whether Abbott can suspend state election law to call a special election “as soon as is legally possible” to fill the congressional seat left vacant when embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned two weeks ago. In a letter to Attorney...
El Paso-area lawmaker asks DPS to reconsider use of “illegal aliens”
 A hearing this week at the Capitol about border security was heavy on matters of dollars-and-cents. But at one point duing the meeting of the Texas House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, a raw issue involving terminology around immigration and border matters surfaced. State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, asked Department of Public...

Posted: 6 days ago

A hearing this week at the Capitol about border security was heavy on matters of dollars-and-cents. But at one point duing the meeting of the Texas House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, a raw issue involving terminology around immigration and border matters surfaced. State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, asked Department of Public...
State officials detail increased National Guard deployment to border
 At least 762 Texas National Guard troops are now deployed to the border, state officials announced at a legislative hearing Wednesday. The figure — up from 130 in March — shows how Texas has stepped up operations in response to President Donald Trump’s call for broader border security operations. Speaking to the Texas...

Posted: 7 days ago

At least 762 Texas National Guard troops are now deployed to the border, state officials announced at a legislative hearing Wednesday. The figure — up from 130 in March — shows how Texas has stepped up operations in response to President Donald Trump’s call for broader border security operations. Speaking to the Texas...
Texas Gov. Abbott wants to send 1,400 National Guard troops to border
 As of April 12, 762 Texas National Guard troops were deployed to the border, state officials announced at a legislative hearing on Wednesday. Speaking to the Texas House Committee on Appropriations, Angela Isaack, manager the Legislative Budget Board, said the deployment had come as a consequence of President Donald Trump’s request...

Posted: 7 days ago

As of April 12, 762 Texas National Guard troops were deployed to the border, state officials announced at a legislative hearing on Wednesday. Speaking to the Texas House Committee on Appropriations, Angela Isaack, manager the Legislative Budget Board, said the deployment had come as a consequence of President Donald Trump’s request...