Daily News Briefing - Thursday, November 12, 2020
Top News
 Fracking trailblazer Chesapeake Energy becomes the biggest oil and gas bankruptcy of the pandemic - | 06/28/2020
 California's clean energy programs are mainly benefiting the rich, study finds - Los Angeles Times | 06/25/2020
 Wells Fargo signs multi-year contracts with Shell for clean energy - Reuters | 06/24/2020
 The pandemic has shifted the focus towards tech and renewable energy — here are 10 promising sectors for investment, according to fund managers - Business Insider | 06/24/2020
 Why Cities Must Make Energy-Wasting Buildings More Efficient - US News & World Report | 06/23/2020
Policy & Regulatory News
 Black households pay more for energy than white households: analysis - The Hill | 06/23/2020
 The persistent racial disparities in U.S. energy expenses - Axios | 06/23/2020
 Energy experts say post-lockdown emissions must be stopped before they restart - The Hill | 06/18/2020
 We still need coal to ensure power grid reliability - The Hill | 06/18/2020
 3 Years and $3 Trillion Could Shift the Climate Change Narrative - Bloomberg | 06/18/2020
Environmental News
 The Energy 202: How a Great Lakes wind farm may get beaten by birds - The Washington Post | 06/22/2020
 US demand for clean energy destroying Canada's environment, indigenous peoples say - The Guardian | 06/22/2020
 Rep. Greg Walden: Green New Deal would cripple economy – Republicans have better way to fight climate change - Fox News | 06/20/2020
 The pandemic won't fix the climate crisis. This $3 trillion recovery plan could - International | 06/18/2020
 World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert - The Guardian | 06/18/2020
Top News | June 28, 2020
Byline: Matt Egan
Reach: 204m

The global pandemic has hit economies and corporations harder than ever before. Most recently, Chesapeake Energy Corporation has become the largest oil-and-gas company that has filed for bankruptcy protection. This comes as there is a significant decrease in energy and oil prices due to more supply and not enough demand due to the global stay-at-home orders. 

Los Angeles Times | June 25, 2020
Byline: Sammy Roth
Reach: 36.1m

The inequality between energy distribution within Americans is slowly being revealed, much like the other sectors of inequality being exposed during this turbulent time in the United States. Recent data based on the city of Los Angeles analyzed that those in "disadvantaged communities" use half the amount of energy as wealthier communities.

Reuters | June 24, 2020
Reach: 43.1m

Wells Fargo has been very successful at meeting all of it's "annual global electricity requirements" since implementing renewable energy in 2017. Recently, the corporation has further invested into clean energy which will allow for the development of solar installations in many countries. 

Business Insider | June 24, 2020
Byline: Marc Shoffman
Reach: 93.9m

As the global pandemic progresses changes are constantly being made, from lifestyle to economies and more. There has been a surprising increase in the investment of specific sectors, such as digital payments, renewable energy, technology, and even robotics. When it comes to the renewable energy sector, specifically in the UK, there's a hope of "targeting net zero carbon emissions by 2050". 

US News & World Report | June 23, 2020
Byline: Steven Nadel
Reach: 29.1m

In order to effectively cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, it's imperative that industries and corporations are working to make buildings more energy efficient. As it is a growing trend, there has been the implementaiton of "building performance standards" which requires specific buildings to meet a "energy efficient standard". 

Policy & Regulatory News
The Hill | June 23, 2020
Byline: Rachel Frazin
Reach: 33.4m

Recent studies have found a significant amount of energy disparities  between black and white households. These disparities stem from a history of "discriminatory housing policy" which unfortunately allows for a disproportionate distribution of resources from energy, pollution exposure and more. 

Axios | June 23, 2020
Byline: Ben Geman
Reach: 6.3m

Expenses for energy related costs within different households have proven to be completely different when it comes to race.  A recent analysis from Census Bureau data demonstrates how the inequality in the distribution of resources coupled with changes in any energy policy will increase the costs more so for Black households than white.

The Hill | June 18, 2020
Reach: 33.4m

Since the global pandemic started there has been a significant decrease in the emission of greenhouse gases due to the drastic drop in the movement of humans as a whole. Policy makers are having to make decisions in a short period of time to come up with plans for how to continue this reduction while mainitaining both an environmental and econonmic balance.

The Hill | June 18, 2020
Reach: 33.4m

As natural gas easily passed coal to become the leader in generating electricity in the US combined with the reduction in the demand of power due to the global pandemic, coal has reduced it's utilization as a source of energy. Regulations have prevented new coal facilities to be made and according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, "Coal and nuclear need to be properly compensated to recognize the value they provide to the system … and should be recognized as an essential part of the fuel mix."

Bloomberg | June 18, 2020
Byline: Eric Roston
Reach: 49.6m

The result of decreasing carbon emissions and major government spending can consequently lead to the achievement of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. A new special edition of the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook looks at 30 different policies that could potentially help the world bounce back from the COVID-19 economy while helping generate growth in a climate-safe way. 

Environmental News
The Washington Post | June 22, 2020
Reach: 84.8m

Plans for the first freshwater wind farm in the US have been halted after many were concerned with the idea that it could harm the surrounding environment, flying birds in particular. This halt further goes to showcase how many projects in the energy sector are often stopped due to greater environmental concerns. 

The Guardian | June 22, 2020
Reach: 121m

In America's race to gain inexpensive and renewable energy there's been quite a few flaws, one of them being the unintentional destruction of the Canadian environment. The hunger to achieve this clean energy has caused for Canada's traditional hunting lands to suffer exponentially with long term environmental damages.

Fox News | June 20, 2020
Byline: Greg Walden
Reach: 72.3m

While the recent global pandemic has caused for the American economy to shutdown and for millions to suffer, on the other hand it has actually allowed for the environment to slowly begin to recover as the "U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates U.S. emissions could decline by more than 14 percent this year". The flipside is that it doesn't necessarily help aid with the overall environmental goal of the UN in decreasing global emissions by almost 8%. International | June 18, 2020
Byline: Charles Riley
Reach: 40.9m

The International Energy Agency is asking for governments to pool together and invest in about $3 trillion to aid in a environmental recovery amidst the coronavirus global pandemic. This comes as global emissions began to decline with the pandemic, even though they are slowly rising again with economies reopening but the IEA is confident that this investment can help improve economies and the environment.

The Guardian | June 18, 2020
Byline: Fiona Harvey
Reach: 121m

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency describes how the world has within 6 months to change the course of further climate problems as there is to be a significant rebound, greater than ever before. While there has been great strides in the decrease of emissions lately, it doesn't hide the fact that climate change can and very may will only get worse post-pandemic.