COVID-19 Commentary

Coronavirus molecule
May 12, 2020

In this ongoing series of blog posts, Kleinman Center researchers explore the impacts of today's COVID-19 pandemic on the energy world.

Smoke stacks with plumesThe COVID Carbon Crunch
May 13, 2020

Amid the COVID pandemic, the world is experiencing a dramatic drop in carbon emissions. Tools like carbon markets could help assure that some of these reductions are maintained as the global economy recovers and reopens.

Sign on bus calling for social distancing A Shaky Future for U.S. Transit Systems… and Why We Need to Save Them
May 6, 2020

Even before the pandemic, transit ridership in the U.S. was on a downward slope. Can this vulnerable system rebound?

Sign that says "There is no planet B"Climate Change Take-Aways from the Global COVID Stress-Test
April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing how governments respond to a global crisis. What lessons can it teach us about climate change?

Earth on top of pile of masksA Viral Response to Climate Change
April 17, 2020

We are about to run a national pandemic experiment on prayer versus policy. And one that we shouldn't replicate for the climate crisis.

Lone car on the roadWhen Emission Reductions Aren’t Sustainable
April 15, 2020

An unexpected consequence of the pandemic is a drop in air pollution. But how should we be thinking about the relationship between emissions and COVID?

People on bridge with bats flyingStorm Surge, Wildfires, and Pandemics: How Climate Change Increases the Risk of Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks
April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 is an example of another natural disaster made more severe and more likely by unsustainable resource and energy use.

Oil infrastructure Bailout or Subsidy: Oil in the Age of Pandemic
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 is disrupting all sectors of the global economy, including the oil industry. How should the government respond amid growing concerns over demand and storage?

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