While the COVID-19 outbreak may be absorbing most of the world’s attention, the latest TipSheet advises journalists not to back-burner climate-related energy reporting, as industries and activists continue lobbying for new energy stimulus measures from Congress. On the watch list: tax breaks, airline emission cuts, infrastructure, fossil fuel industry bailouts and more.
Economy & Business
"The White House is inviting the country's top oil executives to a meeting tomorrow [Friday] about the oil crisis as a wave of layoffs, spending cuts and bankruptcies send shock waves through the industry."
"After a decade of protests and political reversals in the U.S., the Canadian company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says it has made a final decision to build the long-delayed project. Once completed, it would deliver more than 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta's oil sands, or 'tar sands,' region to the United States."
"Three days before EPA issued a policy signaling to industry it would not penalize companies for failing to comply with environmental laws during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the American Petroleum Institute sent the agency a wish list. The oil and gas lobby got more than it had hoped for."
"President Trump is calling for a $2 trillion infrastructure package as part of the government’s emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic."
"President Trump talked yesterday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to convince him to bring to an end a global price war that's crippling U.S. oil producers."
"Few industries have survived the novel coronavirus pandemic unscathed — and the renewable energy sector is no exception. But market watchers say there are signs that wind and solar companies are in a better position to rebound from the crisis than their counterparts in the oil and gas industry."
"As the Trump administration finalizes its plan to roll back Obama-era mileage standards, California announced it would sign a deal with yet another automaker to produce cars meeting stricter standards."
"Commercial fishermen in the U.S. who have already faced challenges in recent years to make it in an increasingly globalized and regulated industry, are now struggling to find customers during the coronavirus crisis."
Journalists cannot help but be part of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic story, balancing our mandate to be a key information source with our own health and safety, writes Society of Environmental Journalists President Meera Subramanian. But SEJ is right there with them, providing resources and a shared sense of purpose and connection. Find out how SEJ can help, plus SEJ’s plans to weather the related economic crisis, preparations for the annual conference this fall and more. Read the latest SEJ President’s Report.