Here we are, some 10 years into the deregulation of the Texas electricity grid, and a crisis approaches. Supply, it is predicted, will not keep pace with demand in the very near future. Generators say electricity prices are simply too low to justify the financing of new power plants. In fact, in at ... More >>
Some 10 years ago, commodities and energy company Enron led a successful lobbying effort to deregulate Texas electricity markets. A free-market, we were told, would foster competition, keep power prices low and improve customer service. Yet over the last decade, none of these promises have been kept ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanApparently, this is how you announce you've raised $185 million a year earlier than expected.For days we've been promised a major announcement today from the Perot Museum of Nature & Science; as in, said the week's worth of press releases, "a MAJOR announcement" would be m ... More >>
That somebody is Cornell University associate music professor David Yearsley, whose university bio says that during the past two decades, he's "immersed himself in the musical culture of the German Baroque." He's certainly going for baroque with this intriguingly punctuated essay posted to Alexander ... More >>
Jim SchutzeThe Trinity River in June 2007On February 11, I wrote a piece for the paper version of Unfair Park in which I said officials in New Orleans shared blame for the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Specifically, I wrote, "The locals had pushed and pulled for a century to get t ... More >>
Texas should be ashamed of itself.In the old days this state produced larger than life heroes--men like James Fannin, Clyde Barrow and "Hollywood" Henderson. But now, after two from the Bush clan (three if you count Neil), a Rove and the guys at Enron, all we can cling to is our national dish.And c ... More >>
Kristen Hayes at the Houston Chronicle writes today that there's something eerily familiar about Dallas-based Blockbuster's, um, blockbuster (?) announcement yesterday concerning its new $100 box that allows for on-demand rentals. Has to do with a turn-of-the-millennium deal between Blockbuster and ... More >>