D.C. readers: You're invited to Mind the Skills Gap tomorrow at 8am. Join Axios' Kim Hart for a look into the role that policy, business and education leaders play in offsetting the skills gap.
And, this week marks 30 years since De La Soul released "3 Feet High and Rising," so they'll infectiously play us into the news...
Tesla's public reputation took a big hit in 2018, a tumultuous year for the electric automaker marked by a series of controversial comments by CEO Elon Musk, a new Axios-Harris Poll survey shows.
Why it matters: The drop in Tesla's ranking from number 3 to number 42 in the annual survey — the second-biggest decline after Facebook — shows the risks for companies with identities so closely aligned with one person.
"This is sort of a cautionary tale for when your CEO is a celebrity."— John Gerzema, CEO, The Harris Poll
The big picture: Musk's wild 2018 included...
By the numbers: Beyond the overall slide in the annual survey of the country's 100 most visible companies, Tesla also saw erosion in several of its metrics...
Read more of my full story on our key findings and methodology for the Axios Harris Poll 100, a new partnership between Axios and The Harris Poll.
Chevron and Exxon are both going very big on U.S. shale.
By the numbers: Exxon said yesterday that it plans to increase production by 80% to over 1 million barrels per day of oil equivalent in the Permian Basin by as soon as 2024.
Why it matters: I'm hardly the first person to point out any of this, but the plans are a stark sign of how the world's biggest players are throwing their weight around in a region first developed by smaller, independent companies.
The intrigue: It also makes things even more complicated for OPEC.
You may have read by now that Michael Bloomberg isn't running for president, but I'm more interested in something he is doing: expanding his climate campaign to fight oil-and-gas.
Where it stands: The billionaire activist announced something called the "Beyond Carbon" campaign yesterday. It's an expansion of his longstanding work with the Sierra Club to shut down coal plants via an effort called "Beyond Coal," a campaign that will also continue.
What's next: Bloomberg didn't offer details beyond calling it a "grassroots effort to begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100 percent clean energy economy."
Quick take: On its face, this is a more complicated undertaking. While "Beyond Coal" has helped to retire coal plants, that advocacy effort basically swims with the current.
But, but, but: The oil-and-gas industry is bigger than coal and has deeper pockets. And trying to get "beyond" those fuels is trickier.
I'll be curious to see this campaign unfold.
Axios' Amy Harder reports on a new study showing that all segments of America’s energy industry are having trouble hiring workers.
Driving the news: Hiring difficulty last year was cited by more than three-quarters of employers in areas like energy efficiency, electric power and vehicles.
Details: The U.S. Energy and Employment Report analyzed 5 sectors: energy efficiency, electric power generation, transmission/distribution/storage, fuels and motor vehicles.
Go deeper: Read Amy's full story.
All kinds of EV concepts are on display at the Geneva auto show this week, including...
Volkswagen: The company unveiled a concept (see above) that's inspired by the "classic Californian dune buggies of the 60s."
The big picture: That's just one of a bunch of models on display, ranging from futuristic concepts to stuff automakers actually plan to produce.
Go deeper: Reuters has a fun slideshow of what all sorts of automakers are displaying.
A few podcasts I've enjoyed lately and you might too...
Venture capital: The carbon dioxide removal (CDR) marketplace Nori, whose pods I've just discovered, chatted with Y Combinator's Gustaf Alstromer about their plans to fund a number of companies in that space.
Energy transition: These 2 podcasts talk about future scenarios.
Green New Deal: The latest episode of the The Energy Gang from Greentech Media has a lively chat about takeaways from Sen. Dianne Feinstein's viral meeting with kids backing the GND. (Disclosure: They kindly cited a story of mine.)