Chron Energy Items: 02.11.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on
Energy conference topics: climate change, economy: Climate change and the world economy get top billing this week when Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ annual conference, CERAWeek, returns to Houston.
Texans may see lower electric bills this year: A 42-inch natural gas pipeline in Weld County, Colo., could have as much to do with Texans’ electric bills this year as the threat of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wyatt enjoying new role: From high-powered oilman to math teacher and tutor — that’s the path dictated by the federal corrections system for Oscar Wyatt, who, as you know, is spending most of the year at a minimum security prison camp in Beaumont.
Contractor deaths up 17 percent across Iraq in 2007: As ‘surge’ took effect, spike in killings subsided. The number of civilian contractors reported killed in Iraq jumped 17 percent in 2007 and accounted for more than one in four deaths associated with the U.S. occupation last year.
2 experts see housing slump just beginning: The U.S. housing market still has a long way to fall — and with it the nation’s economy — and China’s economy won’t cushion the blow as it did in the 2001 slump. That’s the view of two top economists scheduled to make presentations this week at CERAWeek, Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ annual energy forum in Houston.
Austin may reject nuclear expansion: Associated Press — Several City Council members say Austin will not invest in a proposed expansion of the South Texas Project nuclear plant, a newspaper reported Friday.
Angry at Exxon, Chavez threatens to cut US oil sales: Associated Press — President Hugo Chavez on Sunday threatened to cut off oil sales to the United States if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets.