Kate Konschnik: Who Are Your Trusted Sources on Covid-19?

Kate Konschnik
Kate Konschnik

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, solid information is more important than ever. In this continuing series, we ask Duke faculty members where they turn for reliable information about the pandemic as it relates to their field. 

Kate Konschnik directs the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. To keep current on the pandemic as it relates to energy and climate issues, she turns to a variety of institutional, industry, media and social media sources.  
 
DATA/INSTITUTIONAL SOURCES
•    My two “go to” energy data sources in all cases are the United States Energy Information Administration for domestic data, and the International Energy Agency for international data.
•    I’ve bookmarked the environmental questions that Gallup uses to poll Americans, to find out where folks are on belief in climate change, support for environmental measures and clean energy investments, and sentiments about federal energy and environmental agencies. I can’t wait for the 2020 polling to come out.
 
BLOGS/INDUSTRY NEWS
•    UtilityDive, GreenTech Media, and Utilities Fortnightly cover topical events, and they’ve offered interesting angles on challenges the coronavirus pandemic poses to utility operations and energy market participants.
 
EXPERTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
•    I’m a big fan of these female climate and energy journalists and read their stories online and follow them on Twitter: Neela Banerjee, NPR, @neelaeast; Jean Chemnick, ClimateWire, @Chemmipot; Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, @eilperin; Ellen Gilmer, Bloomberg, @ellengilmer; Molly Peterson, KQED, @Mollydacious; and Lisa Song, ProPublica, @lisasong.