Joe Biden promises to build the 'economy of the future' as he attacks Trump
PHILADELPHIA — Speaking to a group of ironworkers just outside his hometown of Scranton on Thursday, Joe Biden promised to be a true champion of the working class as he laid out a plan to reverse the country’s devastating economic decline.“This is our moment to imagine and to build a new American economy for our families and for our communities. An economy where every American, every American has a chance to get a fair return for the work they put in,” Biden said, describing a $700 billion recovery plan aimed at the middle class and accusing President Donald Trump of favoring the wealthy, desp...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania's attorney general releases scathing grand jury report on fracking industry, state regulators
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday released a scathing grand jury report on the state’s Marcellus Shale natural gas industry that not only outlined health and safety issues caused by hydraulic fracturing, but also took to task the chief agency in charge of enforcing regulations on the industry.Shapiro, at a press conference Thursday to present the findings, cited what he called a revolving door relationship between the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and the industry, saying officials from the agency, “repeatedly failed to exercise their duties and responsi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Clean energy has taken a hit. Will it rebound?
Late in April, Warren Leon convened a meeting of leaders from around the country who are overseeing their states’ transitions to clean energy. He feared the group — 14 states plus the District of Columbia that have committed to 100% clean power goals — would have had its ambitions set back by the ongoing pandemic.“I thought some states might say, ‘Everything’s on hold; we can’t really focus on that,’” said Leon, who directs the newly formed 100% Clean Energy Collaborative, a group of state officials sharing information and strategies about renewable and carbon-free electricity. “That didn’t ha...
Is the COVID-19 pandemic good news or bad news for renewable energy?
SAN DIEGO — The unprecedented scope of the coronavirus outbreak has led to an equal measure of uncertainty in the renewable energy sector.Will the depth of the pandemic slow down investment in solar, wind and other cleaner energy projects? Or will the economic tumult that the virus has wrought on the oil and gas segments provide an opening for renewables to fill?The answer appears as murky as so many other predictions about the virus have proven to be.“This is unprecedented, so we simply don’t have good models that tell us what happens,” said David Victor, professor of international relations ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
With demand in the dumps, North Dakota oil fields grow quiet
With production and employment falling rapidly, North Dakota’s oil industry is enduring historically bleak times.The number of drilling rigs in North Dakota — a harbinger for future oil production — is at a low not seen in the fracking era, said Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Mineral Resources Department, in a conference call with reporters Friday.The rig count, which was in the 50s during the first three months of this year, fell to 35 in April and sits at 12 today — “a massive decline,” Helms said. It’s expected to drop below 10, he added.Drilling new wells is a major source of employme...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)