Capping Wells to Employ Oil Workers

Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming): Workers laid down Wyoming’s last operating gas rig this week in Sweetwater County, dropping the state’s total rig count to zero, a jolting reminder of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks only the…

Don’t “Do Your Own Research”

Ethan Siegel in Forbes: “Research both sides and make up your own mind.” It’s simple, straightforward, common sense advice. And when it comes to issues like vaccinations, climate change, and the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, it can be dangerous, destructive, and…

Recasting Oil’s Expertise

Two new videos will be coming out shortly, examining the blow that Covid-19 has delivered to the fossil fuel industry, and the possibilities for post-Corona recovery. Finding new job paths for idled petroleum workers is going to be an important…

Evacuating in a Pandemic: How To Stay Safe

Yale Climate Connections: Disasters aren’t waiting for the pandemic to end. Already this spring, COVID-19 complicated efforts to recover from tornadoes across the Southeast. And it’s likely to remain squarely on the radar as hurricanes, floods, fires, and other extreme…

British Medical Journal on Infodemiology

The Lancet: The tidal wave of information on the internet concerning the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in difficulties in discerning truth from fiction. This so-called infodemic, defined by WHO as an “overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—that makes it…

Oil’s Creeping Crash

New videos will focus on the catastrophic effect of the Corona Crisis on the fossil fuel industry. I’ve posted recently about recent write-downs of oil and gas assets by BP and Shell. The Wall Street Journal reported that the moves…

Saul Griffin on World War Zero

As I posted this week, Saul Griffin and his team produced a study this week showing the creation of 25 million new jobs with a transition to renewable energy. Here he is in a November 2019 presentation which manages to…

China Threatens Lone Climate Striker

The Guardian: Takes initiative. An independent thinker. Engages in study outside of the curriculum. Cares deeply about her community and the world around her. Stands up for her convictions and beliefs. These are all qualities that would appear to make…

For Investors: Covid Adds Urgency to Climate

Financial Times: (paywall) As 2020 kicked off, Dan Gocher at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, a shareholder advocacy organisation, was feeling “pretty optimistic” about its plans to force big Australian energy companies to tackle climate change. BlackRock, the $6.8tn…