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The Administration Goes It Alone on Energy Policy

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to move forward on important policy problems with or without Congress.  Since then he has issued an executive order directing the federal government to purchase more renewable electricity, and has directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten mileage standards on heavy-duty trucks.  And the… Full Story

SAWS Application for Bed-and-Banks Permit Highlights Tension in Having Dual Surface Water and Groundwater Regimes

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has developed a creative legal strategy for improving the ecology of the San Antonio River and San Antonio Bay: indirectly reusing groundwater-derived effluent not by re-diverting for municipal uses but by running it down to the coast as an  an instream flow. This strategy – which still requires Texas… Full Story

Pemex Finally Enters the Modern World?

In the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City there is a mural by the artist Diego Rivera, chronicling a history of the exploitation of Mexico by outsiders – first the conquistadors, and more recently, foreign mining and oil companies, among others.  Yet now, despite Mexicans’ deeply ingrained cultural sense of exploitation by investor-owned oil companies (IOCs),… Full Story

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Considers Water Scarcity

This year, as state officeholders – and later voters – considered a new funding program for water infrastructure, supporters of the measure warned of the economic consequences that Texas would incur if it failed to act.  Several unsettling figures were plucked from the State Water Plan (SWP) and repeated far and wide. In a report… Full Story

Proposition 6 and Local Debt Levels in Texas

We recently blogged about a Columbia University study showing that there is a correlation between rising water rates and utility debt levels.  The study found, by way of recap, that utilities across the country have increased water rates to pay off new infrastructure, and – somewhat unexpectedly – the higher rates depressed the demand for… Full Story

Water Infrastructure, Utility Debt Levels, and Rates

The Columbia University Water Center recently released a fascinating report it produced with Veolia Environment and Growing Blue that examines the rising debt levels and rate increases across American municipal water utilities.  The report correlates survey data collected from the American Water Works Association with demographic and meteorological data and identifies several patterns and trends… Full Story

Water Usage Reporting and Cancellation

The impact of the current drought has been well chronicled, in government reports, in economic postmortems, in endless news accounts showing images of cracked earth, emaciated cattle and stranded boats.  But for all of the misery that the drought has inflicted, and for all the analysis it has inspired, we still have a far-from-perfect understanding… Full Story