The Energy Mix 03/16/2020, brought to you by Energy Mix Productions and Smarter Shift
Welcome to our special edition on the coronavirus. We've devoted every story in this morning’s edition of The Energy Mix to the multiple connections between two global emergencies: the COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate crisis. In the moment, we want all our readers to stay safe and stay well. Here’s what you can do to help #FlattenTheCurve.
COVID-19 Pandemic Rekindles Discussion on Climate Change, Infectious Disease
From shifting disease patterns in a warming world, to shrinking animal habitats, to the impact of air pollution in making people more vulnerable to infection, news stories over the last several days have rekindled discussion on the various connections between the climate crisis and the spread of infectious disease, including new pathogens like the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus Triggers OPEC+ Breakup, Drives Deepest Oil Price Dive in 29 Years

Driven by cratering economic activity due to the coronavirus pandemic, oil markets crashed 31% in a matter of seconds last week, after cooperation across a loosely-knit group of oil-producing countries collapsed and triggered an all-out price-war between fossil giants Saudi Arabia and Russia.



Oil War and COVID-19 Create Risk, Opportunity for Clean Energy

The end-to-end news coverage of the coronavirus emergency is producing a secondary wave of commentary and analysis on whether the global pandemic will derail the transition to fossil to renewable energy. The verdict so far: It depends.



Trump Considers Fossil Bailout as Coronavirus, OPEC Price War Put Producers in Peril

Federal government assistance for the U.S. shale industry emerged as a strong possibility last week, after falling demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia had some of the Trump administration’s closest allies demanding a bailout.



Week 11, March 16: Electric Vehicles

Our current target is that 10% of total light-duty vehicle sales should be zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.

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Guy Dauncey’s 26-Week Climate Transition Program for Canada is an off-carbon roadmap for the 2020s. We’re publishing a different segment each week until the series is complete. Click here for our latest, here for the whole series.



Morneau Unveils Business Loans, Kenney Seeks ‘Unity’ as Coronavirus Crash Roils Alberta

Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled C$10 billion in new credit for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Jason Kenney called for greater “unity” and less partisanship, and Alberta fossils announced deep cuts in their 2020 spending plans as Canada began grappling with the double-hit of a coronavirus-driven economic slowdown and crashing global oil prices.



Air Quality Gains Due to Coronavirus Slowdown Could Save More Lives than COVID-19 Claims

First in China, now in Italy, satellite data are pointing to a predictable but still dramatic connection between the coronavirus and climate emergencies—as countries curtail economic activity in a bid to slow the growth of a global pandemic, they’re also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, at least temporarily.



Benefits of Telecommuting May Outlast Virus Outbreak

Work-from-home policies being implemented around the world in an urgent effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 could create a significant long-term boost to climate action plans, both by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building future resilience.



Global Climate Events Postponed to Help #FlattenTheCurve

Critical climate meetings across the globe are being cancelled or postponed in the weeks ahead in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic could also delay the rollout of at least one major emissions reduction program.



Airlines Face Steep Revenue Loss, May See Tougher Carbon Targets Due to Coronavirus Crisis

Apart from massive revenue losses due to cancelled air tickets, international airlines might face an additional challenge in the wake of the coronavirus crisis: because of the way the industry’s half-hearted carbon reduction plan is designed, declining demand in 2020 may force companies to push for deeper emission cuts in future years.



Oil Price Crash Could Mean Delays, Uncertainty for New LNG Projects

The oil price crash triggered by the coronavirus crisis will likely have a secondary impact on liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects that were aiming for final investment decisions this year. But analysts see that short-term loss turning into a gain around mid-decade if natural gas demand in Asia continues to grow at the pace they’ve been predicting.



Climate Crisis Response a ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Health Organizers

The fight for climate action offers a “cautionary tale” for policy-makers looking to accelerate their efforts to #FlattenTheCurve on COVID-19—as well as on how to best stimulate the global economy in the pandemic’s aftermath, reports the New York Times.



‘Silver Linings’ in Pandemic Response Could Support Action on International Crises

Amid a worsening global pandemic, a couple of authors are taking a step back to look at how the coronavirus could (eventually) change the world for the better.


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