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Transit Taking a Pandemic Hit

Transit Taking a Pandemic Hit

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Across the country, transit officials are proposing cuts in service after months of decreased ridership because of the pandemic. Boston’s MBTA would stop commuter rail service after 9 p.m. and put its ferry service on hiatus, while Washington DC’s Metro is considering less frequent service. These proposed cuts in […]

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On Very Shaky Ground: What Clean Energy Businesses Need to Rebuild

On Very Shaky Ground: What Clean Energy Businesses Need to Rebuild

Before the coronavirus hit, around 3.4 million Americans worked in clean energy, surpassing the number of school teachers in the country. Today, nearly 500,000 clean energy workers in the U.S. remain unemployed as the sector struggles to recover. 

Why It Matters: Without federal assistance, 46% of clean energy businesses recently surveyed by the think tank Third Way said they will lay off workers, lower worker wages, cut worker hours, or cease operations.

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Glass Shortage Stalls China’s Renewable Energy Goals

Glass Shortage Stalls China’s Renewable Energy Goals

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer There is a new obstacle in the push for clean energy: there’s just not enough glass.  The world’s largest solar power company, Longi Green Energy Technology Co., says that a glass shortage is stymieing China’s renewable energy goals. The price of the glass that coats photovoltaic panels has increased […]

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ExxonMobil Suffers Huge Losses, Job Cuts

ExxonMobil Suffers Huge Losses, Job Cuts

ExxonMobil ended its third quarter with a net loss of $680 million, compared to a $3.2 billion profit at the same time last year. The loss may prove to be the industry’s largest write-down in over a decade.

Why This Matters: It is hard to fathom how far the oil giant has fallen — and how fast.  ExxonMobil in 2013 was the largest company in the world, but it failed to modernize like its competitors.

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Pandemic Disrupts Growing Wind Industry

Pandemic Disrupts Growing Wind Industry

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The pandemic has created massive supply chain problems across industries, including for the growing wind energy business. According to reporting by the New York Times, the American Wind Energy Association estimates that the pandemic could threaten a total of $35 billion in investment and about 35,000 jobs this year. […]

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Post-Debate Poll Finds 57% of Registered Voters Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

Post-Debate Poll Finds 57% of Registered Voters Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

During the final presidential debate, Joe Biden affirmed that he supports phasing out the fossil fuel industry over time to make way for sustainable energy. A new Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 3 out of 5 voters support the idea.

Why This Matters: As Election Day draws near, new polls by Pew Research found that 68% of registered voters consider climate change to be a “very important” or “somewhat” important issue.

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