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April 28, 2020

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Behind Oil-Market Gyrations: Few Places Left to Store Unwanted Crude

By Benoit Faucon and David Hodari, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:35:40

The world may have to get used to oil turning up in unusual places. An enormous glut of crude sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting collapse in demand has overwhelmed the global distribution system. Oil markets broke down this week as buyers vanished for lack of storage space. At one point, the squeeze was so intense, sellers with oil at a key U.S. delivery point in Cushing, Okla., were paying buyers to take the stuff off their hands. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

As EPA backs off enforcement, states and cities have little capacity to fill gap

By Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:36:15

Since the Trump administration announced the suspension of much environmental enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic, advocates are calling on state and local regulators, as well as watchdog groups, to step up their efforts to fill the gap. But that won’t be easy, whether in a Democratic-controlled state like Illinois or a Republican one like Indiana, given the impacts of the pandemic and past staffing and budget cuts that have curbed the ability of states to carry out enforcement. [ read more … ]

Climate

Houston unveils first Climate Action Plan

By Kristin Musulin, Utility Dove  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:35:11

The City of Houston on Wednesday unveiled its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) to guide residents and businesses in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. The release coincided with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. [ read more … ]

Climate science deniers at forefront of downplaying coronavirus pandemic

By Emily Holden, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:34:47

Fringe climate science deniers who spread online disinformation are now downplaying the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis. DeSmog, a blog and organization that tracks the culprits behind false information about the climate crisis, identified about 70 individuals and groups questioning the deadliness of the coronavirus and pushing for an end to social distancing, along with protesters. [ read more … ]

Clean Power Plan

Former FERC official defend Obama carbon rule

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:34:19

Eight former FERC commissioners and chairmen on Friday used a court brief to push back on EPA’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, particularly a claim by the Trump administration that the Obama rule trampled on FERC’s jurisdiction. The Federal Power Act “does not give the Commission a license to block other agencies from using their own authorities simply because their regulations may affect wholesale rates,” they wrote in a “friend of the court” brief. [ read more … ]

EVs

China promises subsidies to boost falling electric car sales

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:33:19

China is promising more subsidies to shore up plunging electric car sales amid the coronavirus pandemic but set limits that exclude Tesla’s made-in-China model. Subsidies and tax breaks that were due to end this year will be extended by two years in response to “an accumulation of unfavorable factors” including the virus, the Finance Ministry said Thursday. [ read more … ]

2020

Biden wants a new stimulus ‘a hell of a lot bigger’ than $2 trillion

By MICHAEL GRUNWALD, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-27 15:33:32

The CARES Act and three smaller coronavirus relief bills have all passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, and Biden was careful to avoid criticizing Pelosi and Schumer even as he criticized the results of the compromises they negotiated. He said he’s “in constant conversation” with both Democratic leaders, letting them know his priorities without interfering with their negotiations; he credited them with securing major increases in unemployment benefits and other improvements to Republican proposals that were initially skewed even further towards big business. [ read more … ]

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