Oil companies drilling on federal land get break on royalties. Solar and wind firms get past-due rent bills.

The Trump administration is starting to reduce royalty payments and suspend leases for oil companies drilling on federal lands, citing the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time imposing retroactive rent on wind and solar generators.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/20/blm-royalty-relief/

-Washington Post; 5/20/2020

 

Oil and mining businesses had best success in getting pandemic loans, says survey

Almost 75% of small businesses in a survey applied for help from a federal loan program designed to keep workers employed during the coronavirus pandemic, but only 38% of small businesses received any money, according to survey results the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/oil-and-mining-businesses-had-best-success-in-getting-pandemic-loans-says-survey

-PBS; 5/14/2020

Satellite images reveal huge amounts of methane leaking from U.S. oil fields

Oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin, the largest oil-producing area in the United States, are spewing more than twice the amount of methane emissions into the atmosphere than previously thought — enough wasted energy to power 7 million households in Texas for a year.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/methane-permian-basin-oil-gas-climate-change/

-CBS News; 4/25/2020

Disgusting Sticker Of ‘Greta Thunberg’ Linked To Alberta Oil Company Shocks Canadians

Michelle Narang cried when she first saw a sticker of what appears to be a drawing of teen activist Greta Thunberg being sexually assaulted and the name of an oilfield company printed boldly across the bottom of the decal.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/greta-thunberg-alberta-oil_ca_5e58175fc5b60102210e12ff

-Huffington Post; 2/27/2020