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"lawrence steffi" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

06:20 min | Last week

"lawrence steffi" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Another. Is it your hope that with this new mask order that it will create some consistency across the board that everyone will say okay well. You know what this is. The. They're laying it down down the line here and this is the the appropriate process, so everybody mask up. Well Judge August order from. You mentioned that went into effect last night. Today's the first day. That absolutely is the reason as we want to remind, everybody is that we do not have a lot of tools here. Craig right so We don't have a vaccine It's not on the horizon. The therapeutics medications are really just in a limited fashion when somebody gets sick in the hospital, we do not have a lot to go by, so we have to go with physical distancing and the mask. Wearing is such a critical piece of this and I know. Know it's not comfortable and Gosh. Nobody wants to wear these masks, and and do all these things and we all want to get past this, but this is our only hope to get past this as quickly as possible and Craig I. Think you brought up something you might mention inconsistent. Let me flip that a little bit differently, which is my very big concern about inconsistency of both messaging and and really modeling. What's happening at the federal state and local level I think that's what's also driving this. We have inconsistencies at those levels. Levels, and what then happens is that the individual community member either gets complacent or confused, and says Gosh well if they're just saying one one part of government is saying this and other thing that I'm just not going to do I'm GonNa risk, and I'm gonNA. Chance for myself. My family unfortunately that puts that individual their family and our entire community at risk, so we know it's hard, but at the same time this is our only hope to really get past the and let's keep that in mind as well well, let's put. Put a finer point on that after Governor Abbott initially blocked Harris County's previous mask order, which applied to everyone. The county went some weeks without any such mandate in place and then last week, when bear county established a business mask order like the one going into effect today in Harris County, the governor said that was fine, and that it was always an option under his reopening plan, so is he not being honest about that or was every county in the state that wanted to for weeks missing an opportunity to establish this? Well you know that That's probably a question. I'm going to let you at. The state level, but I'm going to say is this. Is that this all has become so political, and it's been politicized crag and we know public health is inherently political. We get that, but. This is about health and medical. This is about saving lives, and really what concerns me is that we have politicized cove, nineteen response and prevention and everything else about this throughout not just the country, but the globe, and that has become very concerning because true, tried and true measures that can really help people save lives and prevent infection that they're going by the wayside, because people are having these discussions that are about. About left and right and red and blue, and all this other stuff and I get. That's all important, but what's really critical is that we get the message out that what really works and let's make sure our our community members are focusing on that, so they can protect themselves and their family members. That's the key message and unfortunately politics has gotten in the way all right, so what really works laid out? All right so. physical distancing social distancing more than six feed. You heard that from Lane right before you've got definitely. The face coverings caught facial coverings. don't work as well as the mass, but they certainly work well enough, so let's let's not make that an excuse. hand hygiene disinfection absolutely take your hand sanitizer with you. Don't have soap and water around and yeah. Absolutely, WE WANNA. Make sure that you get tested. Don't take the test right. Eight, three, two, nine, two, seven, seven, five, seven, five go to ready Harris Dot, or and finally if you're sick, we WANNA. WanNa. Make sure that you stay home Craig. This is also about the businesses right, so it's about individual responsibility for community members. We all have a place in this, but it's also about these establishments in acting the protocols. The health protocols so that once we are as we're moving this reopening face. It's not just about all of us taking individual responsibility, but it's group, responsibility and businesses say I'M GONNA put health protocols in place because I do not want to close down I want people to come into my business and I want my staff members to be safe. All right Dr Shaw thanks very much. It's rumor Shaw Executive Director of Harris County Public Health appreciate your time. Thanks for having me. Up Next we welcome your questions about the energy industry in Houston. Across the nation and worldwide, how covert nineteen lower demand and a supply glut continued to impact the industry. We check in with Energy Watcher Lauren Steffi and we welcome you to the conversation at talk at Houston Matters. Dot Org or seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight hundred seventy stay with us is Houston matters continues. This is Houston. Matters I'm Craig Cohen lawmakers in Congress are contemplating how to help the energy industry late last week. The US Senate, energy and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony about how covid nineteen affecting the industry, the International Energy Agency's Acting Deputy Executive Director David. Turk said it's created the biggest shock to global energy systems, since at least World War, two rice stat energies analysis of us. US Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggests more than one hundred thousand oil and gas jobs have already been lost as a result of it and here in Houston UH regional forecasting economist Bill Gilmer says we could see a net loss of eighty three thousand jobs or more this year, overall before the pandemic. We were on track net gain in jobs, but you know all of this. What none of us really knows what's next for the energy industry? But if anyone can hazard an informed guests, it's probably Lawrence Steffi.

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"lawrence steffi" Discussed on Boomtown

Boomtown

06:31 min | 5 months ago

"lawrence steffi" Discussed on Boomtown

"It's clear that George wanted to leave a legacy beyond being known as the father of fracking. But it's less clear what his legacy. The actually is in George's later years after his wife Cynthia died in two thousand nine. He left the woodland's moved back to his boyhood town of Galveston. He lived for a time in the tournament house a hotel that he and Cynthia had bought in the early eighties as part of the historic preservation. Program that your mom continued to operate eight is a working hotel. Even as George lived there you know they had reserved tables in the restaurant and in the lobby and he would come down from his sweet and just sort of sit there in the lobby and You know the time was their former governor mark white just happened to be coming through Galveston and came up and said hello to him and they chatted for a few minutes. That's Russell missile gold a senior energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Russell is the author of two books including the boom. How fracking ignited the American Energy Revolution? Shen and changed the world. Russell met George at the hotel a few years before George died he was kind of enjoying the the the sunset of his life Just Holding Court In in the lobby of tremont hotel in downtown Galveston and it wasn't just governors. You know anyone who came by he you would try to engage with them and talk with them and you sitting there and his He had a little Motorized wheelchair of sorts and remember it had a bumper sticker on it right Say Informing everyone that he was he was nagy. There were certain things he would engage with certain stories. You would love to tell but there were certain things when you really kind of tried to drill down and try to understand a little bit about what he thought of his legacy and unleashing so much new oil and gas drilling in the United States dates and elsewhere That he didn't want to engage with He my sense was he had closed the book on that and and didn't WanNa talk about it anymore. This is part part of what came to be known as the Mitchell Paradox. Here's Lauren Steffi Ya son Todd Actually dubbed at the Mitchell Paradox And while while nobody remembers George actually talking about it in fact even when he was asked about it he would just kind of wouldn't answer He had two parts of his life. He had the business part he had the Mitchell energy part where he was drilling gas and figuring out ways to draw gas and then he had this other part and it wasn't listen just it wasn't just in in oil and gas. I mean here's someone who was genuinely worried about overpopulation. And he had ten kids You know it it there were just complexities to life. That that at the end of the day you you just. You couldn't resolve George's daughter. Meredith remembers giving him a hard time when he'd Fred about the planet's growing population. Oh Yeah we always taste about that. So what are you talking about this dad. You had ten kids. He said Yeah I know. Now I'm not gonNA worry about that. He just said it's true Georgia's life is filled with all sorts of contradictions. Plenty of people have pointed and out that Georgia's pleased for more regulation and more corporate responsibility really only intensified after he'd sold his business and after after he'd made his billions and that that concern about the environment did not spill over into his company and he did not create a company Benny Alternately and oil and gas company that showed us a new way of both getting oil and gas out of the ground while being an environmental steward. He showed us a new way to get oil and gas out off the ground and it really is left to to the current generation into new people to figure out how to be an environmental steward at the same time. In the mid nineties Georgia's Georgia's own company was marred and lawsuits over questionable drilling practices and water contamination. At one point Mitchell Energy and development lost a lawsuit route. There would have cost the company over two hundred million dollars. The case was later appealed and thrown out by the Texas Supreme Court but Russell says that the state still oh found. The Mitchell energy had quote deliberately misreported the way the company was building their wells. It stain his reputation. I've a lot of admirations for George Mitchell His legacy is one of being a stubborn inventor and someone who was willing to keep trying to do something because he I just had a a deep seated belief that he be able to fear out how to open up these incredibly thick rocks. And you know that's that's an incredible legacy and maybe do you know. Is it fair to also ask him to to have a second legacy of of being an environmental steward and figuring out how to oil and gas Production in an environmentally Faithful way for the future generations. That might be too much to ask anyone person He certainly failed in that. But Lauren on the other hand believes Georgia's legacy was much bigger than fracking. So I think that that ultimately when you take all of these things you know fracking sustainability. You know the the big science stuff you know what you see. His real legacy is a celebration of big ideas you know. He was a primary funder early on the giant Magellan Telescope. which you know when it comes online in a few years you know might just attacked you know intelligent life often the universe which would be kind of an interesting way to kappa a really unusual Legacies here's George's granddaughter. Catherine literally had had ten times every time you for the last twenty year life. If you can't make the world work with six billion people how you make her with nine billion people and what are you GonNa do about it and he would like what are you about. George believed the world needed to eventually move away from oil. Instead his technology she has helped make America into the largest oil producing country in the world. Despite this Lawrence Steffi says George would have been undaunted if he were still around I think he he was always an undying optimism. I mean that's kind of what drove him forward. was you know he didn't believe in some sort of dystopia future. I mean he really believe. We're GONNA figure all this out and in fact no less than Stephen Hawking at his memorial service said you know not many people can say they changed the world but George Mitchell was one of them. So that's from a guy who knows right.

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"lawrence steffi" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

760 KFMB Radio

04:08 min | 2 years ago

"lawrence steffi" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

"Want videos of people force them forcibly dragging your customers out of your store offers your airplane and then you don't want to use a word like we had to re allocate or reassign or whatever it was that the ceo said they were doing to that poor individual so that that's that ranks near the top because not only was the the problem a real reputational problem in that you might get forcibly dragged off united airlines flight but then they just they were toned up in the way that they dealt with the aftermath at least here in the build a bear context you know it seems like they're dealing with it appropriately with the ceo going on the today show and saying we're sorry we holidays you know so i in and again the product hasn't been impaired you're not worried that you're going to get a bear that or stuffed animal of lesser quality is coming from from overseas stuffed with lead or something like that just hypothetically speaking clean is mark they get to go in and stuff the bears themselves so they can see you know what the polyurethane or whatever it is your stuffy with what your stuffing yes yeah so so is there any way for any company to protect in this high tech age where everybody's a camera person everybody has video it's all it's all there and then the security camera is there is there any way to fully marketing wise bulletproof accompany from disastrous i mean you you got to respond quickly if something happens in the crisis management get everybody on the same page that's essential but there's no way to say well we are perfect and we will never have that happen here because we're so good at it in xyz company you're right no there is no way to do that every single company though can plan ahead you know whatever the risk is going to be for your particular company you know if you're if you're a pizza store planning for robberies and things like that or pizza ingredients that go bad you can you can take a look at your business and you can clean for the top ten disasters in in you know build a bear frankly this would probably be one of its top ten that they should have prepared for which is marketing campaigns gone awry i mean it's not that hard to do companies just need to sit down and do it and but nobody's perfect and you can't prevent everything that might happen chris appreciate the insight because you are the smartest person i know when it comes to this sort of thing and the whole crisis management deal so anybody we should know about today by the way and your litigation side i don't want to talk about it right now once i get you to go yet here's the thing and then there is fun to try a great weekend thanks i appreciate it always good to talk to you mark by krista castenada we actually that's one of those things where you remember dan remember when went to the boone pickens ranch back in about because i forget wherever you go thanks i'll give you a whole rundown laid around visit quick thing back in murcia first so he went to boone's ranch which is still for sale by the way for two hundred fifty million bucks and that was when jay rosser chief of staff for ruined pickens still is said hey we're gonna get together some of you some of his friends of boone is going to be fun so how are you going to be there so we'll be six people including boone and he said i split it up in a way that it's actually it's going to be spirited discussion going to be the the conservatives and the liberals so well that will be good for three nights yeah that'd be fantastic what do we have so well boone's more conservative you larson or conservative i j conservative the other side he has lawrence steffi who's a little more left of center who's a big writer many years for the houston chronicle is written about the energy biz elliot sloan from new york who is pretty darned liberal and then liberal man and had their krista customer data and we became after a couple of days best of friends so there's a lesson in that all share another time am seven sixty talking breaking news crosstalk coming up next you won't want to miss it am seven sixty talk and breaking news you're listening to mark larson on am seven sixty talk and breaking news.