In the news today…
- Inside Sources reports the spike in COVID-19 cases has short-term economic trends heading down, but if the metals market is any indication, the long-term prospects for the economy are looking up.
- Mining.com reports Energy Fuels is prepped to become a rare earth producer in 2021.
- The Exponent Telegram carries an op-ed which argues coal’s future will involve shifting from thermal coal to depend almost entirely on metallurgical, or steel-making, coal.
- E&E Energywire reports the United States could transition to 100% carbon-free electricity more cheaply if it focuses on existing technologies and a national build-out of transmission, rather than next-generation technologies like carbon capture and small nuclear plants, according to a new study.
- Argus reports a bipartisan group of US senators is floating a deal to offer $908bn in Covid-19 relief, with the option for legislative leaders to drop parts of the last-minute package, if necessary, to ensure passage this week.
- Reuters reports the British government has opened a consultation on bringing forward a ban on coal-fired power generation by one year to Oct. 1, 2024, it said on Monday.