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The Climate Pod

Apr 24, 2020

Happy 50th Earth Day! This week, Ty and Brock discuss a wide-range of climate news! With oil prices dropping like a surprise Beyonce album, what could that mean for the fossil fuel industry? Also, how can we use the current pandemic to reshape our cities in a better, healthier way? Brock once read a Jane Jacobs' book in college so maybe he can answer (he can't). Finally, should we watch this new Michael Moore documentary (we won't)?

Then, we're joined by the LA Times' clean energy reporter Sammy Roth to talk about how COVID-19 is impacting the renewable industry. We discuss how California may differ from the federal response to clean energy and why past stimulus efforts have made a difference.

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Further Reading by Sammy Roth

Clean energy can be a ‘huge job creator’ as economy recovers, Tom Steyer says

Oil prices collapse below zero, scrambling the clean energy transition

More than 100,000 clean-energy workers lost their jobs in March

Should we spend billions on clean energy? It worked during the last crisis

Cow poop could fuel California’s clean energy future. But not everyone’s on board

Other stories we mentioned on the show:

Planet of the Humans Comes This Close to Actually Getting the Real Problem, Then Goes Full Ecofascism

by Brian Kahn

The wheel of first-time climate dudes by Emily Atkin

How to make a city livable during lockdown by David Roberts