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Yesterday, major ideological tensions flared among Senate Democrats and Republicans about what just 12 hours prior seemed to be a solid stimulus package.
Despite those roadblocks, there was one clear loser in the $2 trillion relief package: the renewable energy industry. The deal for Senate Republicans taking out a $3 billion provision to buy oil for a strategic stockpile, the stimulus bill will also exclude extensions to solar and wind tax credits. The Energy Gang’s Jigar Shah explained,
The Republicans in fact jettisoned the oil/gas provisions in order to not to renewable energy. The directive came directly from @realDonaldTrump, he hates renewable energy. https://t.co/KRhSxUnp8D
FYI: Individuals who intentionally spread the novel coronavirus could be charged with terrorism for the “purposeful exposure and infection of others,” according to the Justice Department.
On The Hill: The Senate coronavirus bill was once again on shaky ground yesterday. As Buzzfeed reported, a group of Republican senators was threatening to stall the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill over unemployment insurance benefits, causing Sen. Bernie Sanders to announce he will launch a counter-crusade against corporate aid.
New York: New York City with its 8.6 million residents is being called the ground-zero for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. In many ways, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is orchestrating the pandemic response that Americans wish to see on a national level from President Trump. Cuomo warned that in his state “we have not turned the trajectory, nor have we hit the apex” and expressed that the Senate stimulus plan is a “drop in the bucket” for New York.
The governor said he’s asked the White House to send New York the personnel and equipment the state needs, and “as soon as we get past that critical moment, we’ll redeploy that equipment and personnel to the next hot spot. I will personally guarantee it and personally manage it.”
Today, President Trump is expected to meet with oil and gas industry executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and Continental Resources to discuss the outlook for the industry in the wake of an oil price collapse. Trump sees himself as a moderator in the world oil talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia as well […]
We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]
Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels. In the midst […]