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Infrastructure & Natural Resources [clear filter]
Friday, September 28

3:15pm CDT

Is the Water Crisis Over?
Five years ago, the Texas Legislature passed and voters funded a comprehensive plan to combat the worst drought in our history. The situation’s still fluid.

Supported by The University of Texas at Austin and NRG Energy

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Laura Huffman

Texas State Director of The Nature Conservancy
Huffman establishes conservation strategy, provides policy leadership and leads a statewide team of scientists and conservation experts at The Nature Conservancy in Texas. She also serves as founding director of the Conservancy’s North America Cities program and board chair for... Read More →

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Bech Bruun

Former Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board
Bruun served on the Texas Water Development board from 2013 to 2017 and was named chairman in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott. He also served as the board’s designated appointee to the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group and the Western States Water Council. Most recently, Bruun unsuccessfully... Read More →
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Kathleen Jackson

Member of the Texas Water Development Board
Jackson was first appointed to the Texas Water Development Board in 2014. She is an engineer by training and previously served as a public affairs manager for a petroleum engineering firm and has represented agricultural, environmental and industrial interests. Jackson was also a... Read More →
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Carlos Rubinstein

Former Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board
Rubinstein is currently the principal member of RSAH2O, an environmental consulting firm specializing in water issues. Before joining RSAH2O, he served as chairman of the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas representative to the Western States Water Council. Rubinstein has... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center

3:45pm CDT

Private Property and the Public Interest
From pipelines and utilities to highways and high-speed rail, eminent domain is a fight without end.

Supported by Barron Adler Clough & Oddo

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Jim Malewitz

Reporter for Bridge Magazine
Malewitz reports on the environment and public policy for Bridge Magazine. He was previously an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, primarily covering the intersection of energy and the environment. Malewitz also covered energy and environmental issues for Stateline, a nonprofit... Read More →

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George Christian

Senior Counsel at the Texas Civil Justice League
Christian has worked with the Texas Civil Justice League, an organization promoting civil justice reform, since 2007. He is also an adjunct professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and a practicing lawyer.
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Arif Panju

Managing Attorney for the Texas Office of the Institute for Justice
Panju is the managing attorney at the Institute for Justice’s Texas Office, where he litigates economic liberty, First Amendment, property rights and school choice cases. Previously, he served as an attorney at Cantilo & Bennett LLP and as a constitutional law fellow at the Institute... Read More →
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Marissa Patton

Associate Legislative Director for the Texas Farm Bureau
Patton joined the Texas Farm Bureau in 2013 and currently serves as associate legislative director, where she advocates on behalf of members on eminent domain, agricultural and wildlife policy. She previously worked in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn... Read More →
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Julia Rathgeber

President and CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas
Rathgeber has served as president and CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas since 2016. She previously served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Greg Abbott and as Texas commissioner of insurance. Rathgeber has also worked at the Texas General Land Office and Texas Commission... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune
Saturday, September 29

9:30am CDT

The Pervasiveness of Climate
It touches every other issue, which is why it’s so important to address and so hard to resolve.

Supported by BP

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Michael Webber

Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin
Webber is the Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Webber’s research focuses on policy and... Read More →

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Jason Bordoff

Former Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council
Bordoff served in the Obama administration as special assistant and senior director for energy and climate change from 2009 to 2013. He also served on the White House National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. Bordoff is the founding director of Columbia University’s... Read More →
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Katharine Hayhoe

Atmospheric Scientist and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Hayhoe is a professor at Texas Tech University, where she is also the director of the Climate Science Center. She is a lead author for the National Climate Assessment and her research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. Hayhoe... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center

11:15am CDT

Frack Nation
The authors of two new books about hydraulic fracturing on the good and bad of this century’s energy boom.

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Russell Gold

Senior Energy Reporter for the Wall Street Journal
Gold has been a reporter in Texas for The Wall Street Journal since 2000. He covers fracking and the U.S. energy industry and is the author of the book “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.” Gold has previously worked for the San... Read More →

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Eliza Griswold

Author and Contributor for The New Yorker
Griswold is a poet and journalist whose reporting focuses on the Middle East. She is the author of the “The Tenth Parallel,” a book about the intersection of Islam and Christianity in Africa and Asia, and “Amity and Prosperity,” which covers fracking and the energy boom in... Read More →
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Bethany McLean

Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
McLean has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2008. She was previously a reporter and editor-at-large for Fortune Magazine. She is the co-author of “Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron” and the author of “Saudi America: The Truth... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center

1:45pm CDT

This is the Story of a Hurricane
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on what Harvey wrought, how his city rebuilt and lessons learned.

Read more about the Tribune’s Hurricane Harvey coverage.

Supported by HoustonFirst, The University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (Texas State of Mind)

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Neena Satija

Investigative Reporter and Producer for The Texas Tribune and Reveal
Satija works for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter for the Tribune. Satija has also worked for a number of East Coast news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, The Connecticut... Read More →

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Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston
Turner was elected Houston’s mayor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, Turner served three terms as speaker pro tem, on the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Budget... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center