Dateline Rice for Feb. 19, 2021

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Winterization and the Texas blackout: Fail to prepare? Prepare to fail
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, along with graduate fellow Robert Idel and postdoctoral fellow Peter Volkmar, authored an article on the failure to winterize energy-producing infrastructure.

Wind power didn’t cause the Texas blackouts. But it wasn’t just fossil fuels, either
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted or interviewed in multiple media outlets.
Los Angeles Times

Politics podcast: How the crisis In Texas happened
Five Thirty-Eight

Texas produces more power than any other state. Here's why it went dark anyway

Texas Republicans criticized for misleading claims that renewable energy sources caused massive outages

Fact-check: Is Texas 'totally reliant on wind'?
Austin American-Stateman

Why the power grid failed in Texas and beyond

The real story behind the Texas power outages
Popular Science

Texas blackouts reveal the power grid is ill prepared for climate change
The Hill

Texas power outage underscores looming climate tests
Tech Register (This article originally appeared in E&E News and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Texas disaster: Deadly cold leaves millions in dark with no water
Press TV

Texas attorney general announces probe into ERCOT over role in blackouts
The Epoch Times

Should Texas join the national power grid? Congressional Democrats say it's worth exploring.
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Epic power fail: Why millions of Texans are still without heat and electricity
Julie Cohn, nonresident scholar in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Laredo Morning Times (Subscription is required. This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Biden's climate policies take center stage amid frigid winter and looming energy crisis
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

‘What happened is completely unacceptable’: Gov. Greg Abbott calls for winterization of Texas energy system
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and

Texas winter freeze shows US isn't ready for climate change, White House says
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Japan Times (Subscription is required. This Reuters story was included in the Feb. 18 edition of Dateline and appeared in 100 more publications.)

Mexico's crisis deepens as Gov. Abbott orders natural gas suppliers to serve Texas
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for the United States and Mexico and Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
El Paso Times

How to help feed Houstonians impacted by the city’s winter weather crisis
Rice Mutual Aid, organized by Rice students, is currently accepting donations so it can provide snacks, housing and other essentials to students impacted by the storm.
Eater Houston


COVID-19 regulations rollback triggered as Texas freezes
Coronavirus cases across Texas have now declined to the point where most counties are permitted to expand capacity limits on businesses. Rice’s administration of hundreds of vaccines to on-campus students, faculty and staff after the Harris County Public Health Department building lost power and backup generators failed is mentioned.
The Texan

What happened? Vaccines nearly ruined in Houston area as winter storm bears down

Editorial: If Brown cares, where are the CARES Act funds?
An article on the lagging distribution of CARES Act funds at Brown University mentions that Rice had awarded 100% of the $1.7 million it was required to allocate to students as of June 2020.
Brown Daily Herald


Naomi Biden says Tucker Carlson needs ‘a hug’ after he makes fun of Joe and Jill
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.


Houston singer Sasha Cooke loves being a ‘Wayfarer’
Alumna Sasha Cooke is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article originally appeared online in the Houston Chronicle and was included in a previous edition of Dateline. It appeared in today’s print edition and on MSN.)


Martian geologist from Rice University provides insight on new Mars mission
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is featured.

'Houston's Morning Show 8 a.m.'
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Week in Tech: Glowing windows that generate power
Rice engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: luminescent solar concentrators in your windows. Postdoctoral researcher Yilin Li is quoted.
Architect Magazine

Thinking about transportation policy as if cities mattered
Research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is cited.
Tech Register (This article originally appeared in Next City and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

James Tour samples primordial soup: Watch episode 2 on abiogenesis now
Rice chemist James Tour has launched his 13-part lecture series on the mystery of life from non-life, or abiogenesis.
Evolution News


Despite security concerns, online voting advances
Dan Wallach, a Rice professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Why cities have more people but less clout
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Grant Thornton expands oil and gas restructuring services
Alumnus John Baumgartner is mentioned.
ABL Advisor


Weather postpones Rice athletic events
All Rice home athletic events scheduled for Friday have been postponed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

No power, no water: Former North Jersey track stars battling severe, wintry weather in Texas
Graduate student Maryam Hassan is mentioned.