While the country is distracted by infection rates, deaths and protests, what else have we been missing?

This week on The Energy Gang, we peek out from behind the quarantine curtain to see what the Trump administration has been up to on the energy front. 

The Trump administration has declared a national emergency over cyberthreats to the power grid. Equipment vendors “where a foreign adversary has an interest” will be banned. Most transformers are built in China. Will this create uncertainty or slow grid work?

The executive branch has been busy with environmental rollbacks. The Trump administration wants to loosen as much environmental regulation as possible in the six months before the election. We look at the list.

Then, we answer your questions. We sourced nearly 200 questions from our recent live show and we’re going to tackle some of them.

They include Michael Moore’s bad-faith trashing of clean energy and the environmental movement; one group’s attempt to kill solar net metering nationwide; and how the current economic mess is impacting cities and corporates.

Recommended resources: 

  • White House: Executive Order on Securing the Country’s Bulk Power System
  • Bloomberg: Trump Looks to Secure U.S. Power Grid From Foreign Attacks
  • State Impact Penn: Ex-Official: Rollback of Mercury Rule Shows What’s to Come
  • Guardian: Trump Administration Declines to Strengthen U.S. Clean Air Standards
  • L.A. Times: Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates
  • The Atlantic: Trump’s New Auto Rollback is an Economic Disaster
  • The Atlantic: “We Knew They Had Cooked the Books”
  • NYT: Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientists
  • The Hill: Democrat questions WH transparency in rollback of bedrock env law
  • GTM: Solar Net Metering Under Threat as Shadowy Group Demands Intervention in State Policies
  • Gizmodo: Comes This Close to Getting at The Actual Problem 
  • The Nation: Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas
  • Get Energy Smart: A Collection of Posts Debunking "Planet of the Humans"

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