The coronavirus outbreak continues to loom large over the world. Across the globe, countries face major challenges as consumer demand contracts, employee payrolls are cut and capital shrinks with billions of people quarantined at home. 

The combination of an economic downturn, cheap oil and gas, and global supply-chain disruptions will have big consequences for clean energy development and climate action in the U.S and abroad. But is it all bad news?

In this episode of Political Climate, we bring you a conversation on the implications of COVID-19 for climate and clean energy with four expert voices. Drawing on data and experience, speakers weigh in on the future of sustainable finance, low-carbon technology deployment and government stimulus efforts.

This discussion was recorded earlier in the week at a virtual event presented by the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center and moderated by podcast host Julia Pyper.

Joining her in this episode are:

  • Ethan Zindler, head of Americas at Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Rachel Kyte, former CEO and special representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • Rich Powell, executive director of the ClearPath Foundation
  • Adnan Amin, former director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency and distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center

Recommended reading:

  • GTM: Coronavirus Derailed COP26 Talks, But Not Europe’s Appetite for Climate Action
  • Vox: How the COVID-19 Recession Could Become a Depression
  • CNN: Here's What America's Oil CEOs Discussed With Trump
  • Atlantic Council: COVID-19: Clean Energy and Climate Impacts

Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. This episode is brought to you by the nonprofit environmental forum EarthX. Listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle Play or wherever you get podcasts.