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Oil Prices Respond to Airstrike on Syria

Oil Prices Respond to Airstrike on Syria

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

The world has been reacting to Thursday night’s U.S. air strike on the Syrian airfield from which President Donald Trump said this week’s chemical attack was launched.

Here in Texas, lawmakers have shared their views, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who calls Syria a “humanitarian disaster” and its leader Bashar al-Assad “a monster, a puppet of Russia and Iran” who “once again used chemical weapons against his own citizens.”

It’s not just politicians responding to developments in Syria this week. Among the impacts was an economic one involving one of Greater Houston’s favorite topics: oil.

Shortly after the missile attack was carried out last night, oil prices jumped more than 2 percent during what is usually quiet after-hours trading.

We discuss that development with Travis Bubenik, News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →