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Houston Chronicle: Now It's Time for Texas to Develop Solar Power Industry

Texans have never been afraid to take advantage of an opportunity — particularly when it comes to energy.

Over the decades, Texans have relied on private enterprise — coupled with a supportive hand from state government — to develop the state’s wealth of energy resources: oil and gas, coal, nuclear power and, over the last decade, wind.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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Aramco, Sumitomo to Expand Petro Rabigh Facility

Saudi Aramco reported it plans to sign an agreement with Sumitomo Chemical Co. to develop Phase 2 of its refinery and chemicals complex in the port city of Rabigh on the Red Sea.

Aramco Pres. and Chief Executive Khalid A. Al-Falih said his firm would "soon" sign a memorandum of understanding with Sumitomo to further develop the $10 billion Petro Rabigh complex.

Source: Oil & Gas Journal

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NMSU Working on Project to Use Wastewater on Landscapes

New Mexico State University wants to change unusable wastewater into water that can be used on lawns and landscapes.

Using so-called gray water from dishwashers or bathroom sinks and showers could reduce water use and make it easier for homeowners to grow plants that clean the air.

Source: Associated Press

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U.S. Leaders Say More Infrastructure Spending Needed

The governor of America's largest state and the mayor of its largest city called on the federal government on Sunday to dramatically boost its spending on bridges, sewers, high-speed rail and other infrastructure.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" the United States needs to spend up to $1.6 trillion to make up for decades of neglect and stay globally competitive.

Source: Reuters

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Natural Gas, Suddenly Abundant, Is Cheaper

The decline in crude oil prices gets all the headlines, but the first globalized natural gas glut in history is driving an even more drastic collapse in the cost of gas that cooks food, heats homes and runs factories in the United States and many other countries.

Six giant plants capable of cooling and liquefying gas for export are due to come on line this year just as the economies of the Asian and European countries that import the most gas to run their industries are slowing.

Source: New York Times

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