Why I’m covering climate change more than before

https://www.axios.com/why-im-covering-climate-change-more-now-ac35c6fc-ab08-4a2c-998e-75e5d6c84d4b.html

Climate change is on Washington’s front-burner for the first time in a decade — on Capitol Hill, on the campaign trail and, naturally, in newsrooms.

My thought bubble: Media companies are prioritizing climate change news like never before, and that includes Axios and my own coverage. This is the story about why and how much my focus has changed over the last two years under President Trump — which is to say a heck of a lot.

The intrigue: I joined Axios in April 2017 after three years covering energy, environment and climate change at The Wall Street Journal.

Numerous people, mainly executives, sources and others in the fossil-fuel industries, have remarked to me how much more I’m covering climate change at Axios than I was at the WSJ.

The details: Reporters often cover energy and climate change in separate silos. I am committed to a reporting track that considers the two inseparable. Of course, there are stories that don’t overlap, but with time inevitably limited in life, a reporter has to focus, so that’s mine. Here are the drivers of my shift over the last two years.

President TrumpThe media naturally gravitates to controversy, and Trump has made climate change more controversial