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Breaking down the climate sections in a messy presidential debate

The debate was a mess as moderator Chris Wallace struggled with President Trump’s interruptions. But let’s analyze the climate parts anyway without normalizing the whole thing. Why it matters: The contest provided a collision over the topic between Trump and Joe Biden, and underscored the…

Shell plans up to 9,000 job cuts by 2022

Royal Dutch Shell will shed up to 9,000 jobs as it undergoes a long-term restructuring around climate-friendly energy sources and continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic that has battered the oil industry. Why it matters: The cuts could amount to over 10% of the…

Energy Secretary Proposes Plan for ‘Solving California’s Energy Problem’

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette recently criticized the State of California’s rush toward 100 percent renewable energy, and outlined a simple plan for ensuring a reliable electricity supply for Californian consumers. Brouillette made the comments in an op-ed article in the Orange County Register. “Already…

How a conservative Supreme Court would impact climate policy

Amy Coney Barrett’s likely ascension to the Supreme Court would affect climate policy beyond shoving the court rightward in the abstract. Why it matters: If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, his regulations and potential new climate laws would face litigation that could reach the…

The end of the ICE age: Eyeing the demise of gas-powered cars

Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today. The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to…

Oil’s turbulent long-term future

The oil sector is facing risks from all sides. Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry’s market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S.…

The escalating political battle over California’s plan for gas-free cars

The fate of California’s aggressive moves to wring carbon emissions out of transportation could depend heavily on the election and the shape of the Supreme Court. Why it matters: California is the country’s largest auto market and transportation is the country’s largest source of CO2.…

Iran sends bitcoin miners a powerful message

The energy produced by three of Iran’s major power plants will be offered to bitcoin mining operations exclusively, the Islamic republic’s Thermal Power Plant Holding Company (TPPH) has announced, according to a Tehran Times report. Iranian power plants enjoy various fuel-related government benefits and subsidies,…

Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing with it the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana. What’s happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott…

The climate stakes of the Supreme Court fight

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and the battle over her vacant Supreme Court seat have real implications for energy and climate policy. Why it matters: If President Trump replaces her, the court will likely become more skeptical of regulations that claim expansive federal power to regulate…

Nikola founder steps aside amid allegations of fraud

Nikola announced Monday that executive chairman Trevor Milton, who is also the company’s founder, is out as the electric and fuel cell truck startup reportedly faces federal inquiries into a short-seller’s allegations of inaccurate or misleading statements. Why it matters: It’s the latest move in…

The new politics of global warming

The 2020 election is both very different and very familiar when it comes to the politics of global warming and the stakes of the outcome. What’s new: Democratic voters are more concerned than in prior presidential cycles, polling shows. “It became one of the top…

Pinpointing climate change’s role in extreme weather

Climate scientists are increasingly able to use computer models to determine how climate change makes some extreme weather more likely. Why it matters: Climate change’s effects are arguably felt most directly through extreme events. Being able to directly attribute the role climate plays in natural…

Big Tech takes the climate change lead

The tech industry is playing a growing role in fighting climate change, from zero-carbon commitments to investments in startups and pushing for the use of data to encourage energy efficiency. Why it matters: Big Tech is already dominating our economy, politics and culture. Its leadership…

The cumulative climate change effects of Trump’s regulatory rollbacks

Reproduced from Rhodium Climate Service; Chart: Axios Visuals The Trump administration’s scuttling or weakening of key Obama-era climate policies could together add 1.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent to the atmosphere by 2035, a Rhodium Group analysis concludes. Why it matters: The 1.8 gigatons is…

Podcast: Amazon exec on the company’s Climate Pledge Fund

Amazon on Thursday announced the first companies to receive money from a $2 billion venture capital fund it formed to help combat climate change. Axios Re:Cap digs into how Amazon hopes the fund will help achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2040, and…

Air quality in American West among the worst in the world

The air quality in Portland has become the worst in the world — with Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver also ranking up there with notoriously polluted places like Delhi and Shanghai. Why it matters: Big-city residents often consider themselves smugly immune to the physical wreckage…

The Slow-Fingered President

President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers three times as often about the threat from mail-in ballots as he has urged them to protect themselves from the threat of COVID-19. Since March, when the stay-at-home orders started, he has written a little over a…

Wildfires ignite Trump vs. Biden climate battle

The devastating West Coast wildfires have, at least for now, put a hot glare on the role of climate change in the 2020 presidential election. Catch up fast: Joe Biden called President Trump a “climate arsonist” Monday in a speech that argued his dismissal of…

Scientists Find a Possible Sign of Life on Venus

After the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the night sky, gleaming like a tiny diamond in the darkness. The planet is so radiant because of its proximity to Earth, but also because it reflects most of the light that falls across its atmosphere,…

Why Biden and the Democrats went big on climate change

Joe Biden is pushing by far the most aggressive plan to address climate change in U.S. presidential history. His path reflects the convergence of science, energy and activism trends. Why it matters: The culmination shows the new permanence the problem has gained on the campaign…

“Catastrophic decline”: Wildlife populations have plunged 68% in 46 years

Wildlife populations have plummeted 68% in less than half a century and the “catastrophic” decline shows no sign of slowing down, a major conservation report published Wednesday warns. Driving the news: The “Living Planet Report 2020” from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) that…

Learning From Black Educators

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

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