Category Archives: Recommended reading

The search for `why’

For the past two years, I’ve been working on a biography of Texas oilman George P. Mitchell, sometimes (erroneously) called “the father of fracking.” Biographies are stories of people’s lives, but they really aren’t about the “who.” “Who was George … Continue reading

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Is Bitcoin About to Become More Fed-like?

Can Bitcoin retain its anarchist edge while still operating more like a central bank? Last year, I wrote about how Texas has become a hotbed of Bitcoin development. One of the challenges the digital currency faces is how it can … Continue reading

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The Dangers of the Open Seas

In writing about offshore drilling over the years, I’ve always been stunned by the vagaries of maritime law. The New York Times is running a great series examining just how lawless seas can be. The first installment ran Sunday, with … Continue reading

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Why It Will Take More Than Bass’s Billion to Fix Blue Bell

Fort Worth billionaire Sid Bass is reportedly pumping $125 million into Blue Bell Creameries, a move that will enable the iconic Texas ice cream maker to return to full production and may give Bass one-third ownership in the 108-year-old, family-run … Continue reading

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BizRadio: The Next Chapter in Controversy

Sunday’s Houston Chronicle had a lengthy article on former Sugar Land mayor David Wallace and his business to help rejuvenate struggling cities. Wallace has apparently closed up shop, leaving several cities in the lurch and investors wondering what happened to … Continue reading

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Fracking’s Publishing Boom Revisited

In Sunday’s New York Times, Jim Malewitz of the Texas Tribune revisits the publishing boom that has erupted in South Texas with hydraulic fracturing. The story focuses on The Boom at Eagle Ford Shale, a newspaper published by Kathy Rudkin, who … Continue reading

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The Captain & Tennille and oil exports

I had an op/ed in Monday’s Houston Chronicle that drew an analogy between the Captain & Tennille’s recent divorce and our energy policy, which remains stuck in the 1970s: Love apparently didn’t keep the ’70s pop duo Captain & Tennille … Continue reading

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