Stability in employment is a concern for many Americans. The stability and growth of the American economy requires the ability to track and respond to worker availability and consumer demand. How does undocumented immigration impact the job market?

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Keeping America safe is key to a high quality of life. In this episode, we explore what a physical barrier on the southern border does and doesn’t provide in the endeavor complete that mission.

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This interview originally appeared on the Houston Chronicle. Houston had a shortage of construction workers long before Hurricane Harvey inundated the city, damaging some 300,000 homes and apartments. After the storm, the need turned dire. Perhaps unlike any other time in history, immigrant labor is playing a critical role in getting Houston back on track, a […]

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This article originally appeared on ConstructionCitizen.com. In an event that brought tears to the eyes of some in attendance, the filmmakers behind The Rational Middle Immigration Documentary Series unveiled their newest work to Houstonians Wednesday night at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.  The project is produced with the support of the Center for Houston’s […]

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There are many ways to quantify the costs and benefits of undocumented immigrants’ burden on communities and the country — burdens on education, crime, and healthcare. But rarely do conversations include the price of border security and political capital expended on enforcing and debating the issue which wind up costing our country time and money […]

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Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy […]

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With the challenges and opportunities set before us in Canada Energy 101, this episode looks at how this massive country with its plentiful resources can manage its exports, lead in low-carbon innovation, and move towards a cleaner energy future.

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Canada is one of the most energy-rich countries on Earth. It is also one of the highest users of energy per capita in the world. We take a look at this resource-rich country to find out what energy sources it uses, how they are consumed, and explore the basics of energy use in modern civilization.

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Meet Melissa Morris, an engineer who works for Shell Oil in the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas. Melissa works with teams on the ground to ensure quality control, safety, and stewardship. Follow her as she travels to rig sites and fracture pads to bring resources to market.

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A continuation of the conversation started in “Natural Gas 101” from the first season of Rational Middle Energy videos, “Natural Gas 201” discusses the ways natural gas can contribute to the recovery of the economy from the Great Recession, as well as taking a look at the relationship between renewables and gas now and in […]

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As important to our lives as energy is, we seem to spend a lot of time either dismissing it or arguing about where it should come from. With all the different emotions, concerns and motives involved, it can be hard to make sense of the noise and rhetoric and get a balanced view of energy […]

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We have an opportunity to step back and take a thoughtful look at the current energy challenge. Let's consider a new path to a cleaner energy future.

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