Anchor Razia Iqbal hosted the show, alongside KUHF StateImpact Energy & Environment Reporter Dave Fehling. Program guests Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University, and John Hofmeister, Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy, and former President of Shell Oil Company, discussed how the boom in domestic energy production could influence American policy both at home and abroad. “Can America be energy independent by the year 2020?” was broadcast live from the roof of the Executive Office Building at the Port Authority’s Turning Basin Terminal.
Col. Leonard Waterworth, Port Authority Executive Director, was featured as part of a pre-taped segment. Waterworth said, “The Port of Houston is the perfect location for this discussion. It is the largest importer and exporter of petroleum in the U.S. and home to the second largest petrochemical complex in the world.”
Last year, more than 115 million tons of petroleum products moved through the Port of Houston, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. For petroleum and all other commodities, the Port of Houston is the nation’s leading port in exports and Texas is the No. 1 exporting state.
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