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FINANCE: Exxon under pressure to release private outlook

America’s biggest oil companies are coming under increasing pressure from climate-conscious investors to disclose their long-term forecasts for crude prices as the COVID-19 pandemic injects fresh uncertainty into the demand outlook for fossil fuels.

Politics

CONGRESS: Lawmaker raises concern with disaster program inequities

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the Small Business Administration should “take a long, hard look” at its disaster loan program following an E&E News investigation that showed large racial disparities in how the loans were distributed.

Global threats: How lessons from COVID-19 can prevent environmental meltdown

(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) COVID-19, climate emergencies, and mass extinction all share striking similarities, especially with regard to their ‘lagged impacts.’ In each, early intervention can prevent further damage.

WARNING: Al Gore’s Business Advice In The Post-Pandemic World

Al Gore, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed with David Blood, provides frightening advice to investors and corporate leaders on how they should act in the post-COVID-19 world. Here are key excerpts from the piece: As economies reopen around the…

Politics

NATURAL DISASTERS: Credit scores are discriminatory. How the feds can fix that

The Small Business Administration needs to make more funding available to Black communities after natural disasters, experts said yesterday following an E&E News article that revealed large racial disparities in the agency’s disaster loan program.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist named to “Great Immigrants, Great Americans” list

(Binghamton University) M. Stanley Whittingham, a 2019 Nobel Laureate and distinguished professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has been named to the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2020 list of “Great Immigrants, Great Americans.”

Energy Politics

‘New deal’ risks fuelling emissions and eroding building standards

Boris Johnson’s plan to build tens of thousands of new homes risks locking in high carbon emissions for decades to come, if they are built to today’s poor efficiency standards instead of being designed for net zero carbon. The prime…

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TECHNOLOGY: Energy alchemy: Business to turn waste into hydrogen fuel

To most people, the so-called hydrogen economy is still a blurry dream: the assembly of an emission-free global energy system based on the world’s simplest, lightest and most abundant element. And the hope is that by 2050, various uses of it will emerge to limit the dangers of climate change.

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Is GM’s ICE Business Worthless? Adam Jonas Seems To Say So

Steve Hanley beat me to writing an article about the advice auto analyst Adam Jonas released last week in which he advised his clients that GM’s electric car business made it a $100 billion company. Steve’s article does a great job touching on what Adam’s argument was, and should be read first to really get the rest of this one