March 31, 2020

Supreme Court Rules Citgo Responsible for 2004 Oil Spill

Fossil fuel giant Citgo is liable for a 2004 oil spill that released 264,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the Delaware River, and the company must pay back $133 million spent to clean it up. At the time, Frescati Shipping Company, which owned the vessel that spilled the oil, and the United States split the cost of the cleanup.

Fracking Once Lifted Pennsylvania. Now It Could Be a Drag.

During the Great Recession, the Pennsylvania fracking industry helped soften the financial blow by providing many well-paying jobs and garnering billions of dollars in investments. But today, as the region braces for the coronavirus recession, natural-gas companies are far more likely to weigh on the local economy than to rescue it, The New York Times reports.

 

March 30, 2020

This Is What Climate Change Looks Like in an Era of COVID-19

With the Ecuadorian government focusing on the coronavirus pandemic, it's been slow to react to other crises, including the recent flooding of the Bobonaza River that inundated several communities and left hundreds without homes. It shows a glimpse of a future in which responses to deadly diseases compound climate risks.

March 27, 2020

California Sets Goal to Double Clean Energy by 2030

California on Thursday adopted a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double the state's clean energy capacity over the next decade and end development of new natural gas plants. The new target aims to reduce power sector emissions 56 percent below 1990 levels, but green groups say that isn't aggressive enough.

Government Oil Purchase in Jeopardy Without Stimulus Funding

The Trump administration's plan to purchase millions of barrels of oil is now in doubt after the Senate declined to provide funding for the purchase in its latest coronavirus stimulus package. The Energy Department withdrew its solicitation to buy oil for storage in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Wednesday.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting State Energy Legislation Efforts

The coronavirus outbreak could be hindering states' clean energy policies, Utility Dive reports. So far 24 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, have suspended or postponed their state legislative sessions in response to the epidemic, with several energy bills in some states now in flux.

March 26, 2020

The Senate’s Stimulus Bill Is Full of Disappointments for Climate Advocates

There was hope among climate activists that the federal stimulus to address the economic downturn brought by COVID-19 might advance a transition to clean energy. But the $2 trillion package agreed upon Wednesday morning cut provisions to support a struggling renewable sector, including extending tax credits, as well as measures to reduce carbon emissions from aviation.

Great Barrier Reef Hit By Mass Bleaching, Climate Council Says

Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third mass coral bleaching in five years, according to early results of aerial surveys over the World Heritage site. 2019 was Australia's hottest, driest year, exacerbating bleaching and renewing calls for its government to do more to rein in climate change.

COVID-19 Could Be a ‘Double Whammy’ for Those in Pollution Hotspots

Although there have been no large-scale studies of how air pollution can complicate COVID-19, experts say that lung damage caused by poor air quality or smoking could make people particularly vulnerable, and that areas historically plagued by high pollution face a "double whammy." New research in Texas shows where those spots in the state could be.

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