Polls Show Most Americans Want Action on Climate Change; Swing Voters Are Moved by It

Polls Show Most Americans Want Action on Climate Change; Swing Voters Are Moved by It

Two new polls show that the President’s poor record addressing climate change is a key issue for a large majority of Americans, particularly “persuadable” voters who ordinarily lean toward Republican candidates. 

Why This Matters:  Climate change is undoubtedly a top-tier issue in this election.  Former Vice President Biden raises it often in speeches and events and does not seem to fear that it will cost him votes, unlike his Democratic predecessors.

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Clean Energy Sector Makes Strong Case for Coronavirus Aid

Clean Energy Sector Makes Strong Case for Coronavirus Aid

As we have reported, the clean energy sector is down more than 620,000 jobs thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the industry is now pushing hard for relief from Congress in the form of tax credits that companies would receive as cash payments (a deal Congress gave some companies) and delaying the phase-down of other tax incentives. 

Why This Matters:  While there may be some overcounting in jobs lost or undercounting of the number covered under the generic PPP stimulus program, there is no doubt the sector has been “decimated” as the clean energy industry claims.

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Renewable Energy Sector Has Lost 600,000 Jobs Due To COVID-19

Renewable Energy Sector Has Lost 600,000 Jobs Due To COVID-19

Using the latest Labor Department data, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and other analysts reported on Wednesday that 594,347 workers in clean energy occupations, representing 17.8% of the industry’s workforce, filed for unemployment benefits in April and March. 

Why This Matters:  The oil and gas industry really is the squeaky wheel getting the grease.  The number of jobs lost in that sector is likely only a fraction of those lost in the renewable energy sector.

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Leah Stokes

Interview of the Week: Dr. Leah Stokes

Dr. Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!). Her new book Short Circuiting Policy examines clean energy policies to understand why US states are not on track to meet the climate crisis. Since her in-person book tour had to be delayed […]

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Energy Down: Clean Energy Job Losses Total 106,000 and Texas Weighs Oil Production Cuts

Energy Down: Clean Energy Job Losses Total 106,000 and Texas Weighs Oil Production Cuts

More signs emerged of deep trouble for the energy sector.  Clean energy companies shed 106,000 jobs in March according to an industry analysis of figures from the Labor Department’s tally of unemployment claims.  And on Tuesday, the Texas agency that regulates the oil and gas industry held a public hearing to consider whether the industry should cut production to keep oil prices from falling further, a drastic step aimed at preventing a slew of bankruptcies and permanent job losses.

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In New York State, Investment in Renewables is Deemed a COVID-10 Recovery Plan

In New York State, Investment in Renewables is Deemed a COVID-10 Recovery Plan

by Zoey Shipley New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has gained national media attention for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In many ways, he’s become a leader for many people across the nation during this time. And despite the pandemic, Solar Industry Magazine reported that “New York public authorities and agencies have passed legislation as […]

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