Conversation on the Environment Covers Range of Issues

Published: September 30, 2015

Conversation on the Environment Covers Range of Issues

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas Tribune hosted a conversation on issues and policies relating to the environment on Monday, Sept. 28 at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Anchor Ballroom.

It was recorded and is available online at

The group discussion, moderated by Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief, covered environmental regulations, legislative issues and climate change.

This conversation was part of a special statewide event series by The Texas Tribune, looking ahead five years into eight major policy areas. Each event features a conversation with leading thinkers and policymakers on that particular subject.

Dr. Michael Wetz, Associate Professor of Marine Biology at A&M-Corpus Christi, joined the panel to offer insight as a professional science researcher.

Wetz has done extensive research on water quality in South Texas, including a citizen science project in Baffin Bay designed to isolate the cause of fish kills.

Other panelists were:

  • State Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, Chairwoman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee
  • Toby Baker, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • John Hall, Texas State Director of Clean Energy at the Environmental Defense Fund.

The discussion was followed by an audience question-and-answer session.