On Air with IER: Episode 59

This week: Fallout from the COVID-19 crisis has dealt a serious economic blow to the clean energy industry. Plus, the combination of EPA's full-speed-ahead deregulation and COVID-19 "enforcement discretion" policy could put Hoosiers living near coal ash dump sites at risk.
April 20, 2020


Welcome to Episode 59 of the IER Podcast hosted by Enrique Saenz.


Clean Energy Industry Takes Economic Blow Due to Pandemic Fallout

By Enrique Saenz

Necessary disruptions to life and labor to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus have also dealt a powerful blow to the burgeoning clean energy sector of the U.S. economy.

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A roundup of recent climate and environmental related headlines from around the world.

  1. U.S. Lenders to take over bankrupt fossil fuel companies
    Link for the first story.

  2. Notre Dame study looks at the lasting effects of the first Earth Day
    Link for the second story.

  3. COVID-19 restrictions have led to a 38% reduction in Indianapolis air pollution
    Link for the first story.


Pandemic policies could make Indiana’s bad coal ash situation worse

By Enrique Saenz

A flip of a switch brings light to darkness in most homes, but also sets into motion a chain of lasting pollution that could be made worse by environmental agency deregulation and inaction during the COVID-19 crisis.