U.S. Energy News

Coronavirus deepens healthcare crisis for coal communities

COAL: The coronavirus pandemic has hammered healthcare systems for rural populations in Appalachia and Wyoming already struggling with the loss of coal jobs and health coverage. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: As the coal industry hemorrhages jobs, states and environmental groups are seeking ways to transition to a lower-carbon economy without leaving coal workers behind. (E&E News)

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CLIMATE:
• Minnesota’s attorney general sues major fossil fuel companies, claiming they have fraudulently deceived consumers for decades about climate change. (Star Tribune)
• In states where governors have made broad promises on addressing climate change, the results are often falling short of the rhetoric. (E&E News)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A new report finds the Trump administration has approved about half as many wind and solar projects on public land as the Obama administration did over a similar time period. (Reuters)
• A poll finds a partisan divide over whether stimulus funds should be used to support clean energy advancement. (Reuters)
• A new study finds California’s clean energy programs disproportionately benefit wealthy residents. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR:
• Reduced demand during the pandemic is causing solar prices to fall faster than expected, according to a new analysis. (Bloomberg)
• New York announces $10.6 million in grants to help offset pre-development costs for solar projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. (Grist)
• A new report says the TVA, once a solar innovator, now lags other southern utilities in advancing solar power. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

EFFICIENCY:
For the second year in a row, the North Carolina Senate is sidelining a bill to require hundreds of state-run buildings to conserve electricity and water and keep the lights off at night. (Energy News Network)
• Clean energy advocates are optimistic that Kansas City, Missouri, officials will adopt the strongest energy efficiency standard in the country in its building code next year. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: A recent federal simulation of a proposed wind farm off the coast of California shows potential visual impacts would be minimal. (Monterey County Weekly)

OIL & GAS:
Republican senators propose a new aid package to ease the tax burden and royalty payments for oil and gas companies. (E&E News, subscription)
Amid oil and gas layoffs in Texas, younger workers are rethinking their careers in the industry. (Houston Chronicle)
One in six energy companies say the oil and gas industry will never recover from this economic downturn, according to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (E&E News, subscription)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An annual survey ranks Tesla last among 32 automakers for problems reported in the first three months of ownership. (NBC)

COMMENTARY:
• “The green revolution is finally happening,” writes a Wall Street Journal columnist.
A scientist says centuries of deterministic thinking about climate affect how we view the issue today. (Scientific American)

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