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Antonio Garza, who served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico during the Bush Administration, wrote recently in the Houston Chronicle on Mexico’s energy reform and the ongoing privatization of the industry. He explains that as Mexico transforms its energy sector, the world at large should be watching the impact it has on North America’s economy. Garza writes: “Given Mexico's immense existing and potential resource wealth, and its other favorable attributes … the energy reform should attract international interest appropriate to the unique and unusual opportunity it presents. For those in Texas involved in a booming energy sector, the extension of North America's energy renaissance is a good thing.”
One of the more interesting discussions going on in the energy industry here at home is how to recycle water that drillers use in exploring for natural gas. Recycling allows them to use less water, which is important in regions that have natural gas but not abundant sources of water. At the same time, drillers don’t need to inject wastewater into wells. Those wells have been a center of controversy. Some argue injection wells cause earthquakes.
The Dallas Morning News’ James Osborne reports in this piece how water recycling is emerging as a new force within the industry. Some energy producers see recycling as a way to keep the fracking revolution alive. Recycling costs, so it is not industry-wide. But this story is an important one to follow.
Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.Full Bio
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.