Good Tuesday morning, and welcome back to Generate, where we start the week one day closer to the weekend. I have two things to share: My latest Harder Line column, which looks at the psychology behind why extreme weather events like Harvey won't change minds on climate change; and a scoop about a new advertising campaign from the nuclear energy industry. Ben will be running the show otherwise. Now let's get to the news.
Scientists and other experts see Hurricane Harvey as one of the most horrific teachable moments in modern history to show how climate change is affecting us now. These moments are the exception for an issue that consistently ranks at the bottom of what concerns most Americans.
Why it will struggle to matter: Harvey could become a flashpoint in the public's views on climate change, and yet simultaneously fail to move the needle much. This could partly be due to humans having short attention spans, being too wedded to preconceived notions, and staying in denial about the real consequences of the issue.
Nissan will unveil a completely redesigned version of its all-electric Leaf in a heavily promoted event late Tuesday.
Why it matters: The overhaul arrives at a time when analysts are upping estimates of the EV market's growth in coming years, and countries including France and the U.K. are rolling out more aggressive clean transportation policies.
A big question: How much has Nissan upgraded its battery system to allow longer range? More broadly, whether Nissan can capture the EV buzz that rests squarely with U.S rival Tesla.
Click here for more about this in the Axios stream.
Refineries and other infrastructure are starting to come back online, while the Environmental Protection Agency is checking up on Superfund sites, in the aftermath of the storm that wreaked havoc on Gulf Coast oil and petrochemical networks. Here are a few updates:
Gasoline prices: Via AAA, the average nationwide price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.65 on Tuesday morning, a 27-cent increase over the past week.
Bouncing back: The Energy Department reported Monday afternoon that eight refineries, representing about 10% of the nation's total refining capacity, have begun the re-start process.
Overall, the storm took 20% to 25% of U.S. refining capacity offline. In a note Tuesday morning, Goldman Sachs estimated that half the shut-in capacity will be back by Thursday, but warned that some will take longer.
The Colonial Pipeline system, the largest U.S. refined products network, began bringing its operations back online earlier this week. Platts has more here.
Crude and natural gas: Offshore, the Interior Department's final Harvey update yesterday notes that Gulf of Mexico production curtailed by pre-storm evacuations is almost all the way back as workers return to platforms. Some onshore production in the Eagle Ford shale region of Texas remains interrupted, and in fact that accounts for more of the supplies off the market, according to Goldman's estimates.
Power: As of Monday afternoon, roughly 64,000 customers in Texas remained without power, according to DOE.
Superfund: NPR has an update here on attempts to gauge Harvey's effect on the many Superfund sites that dot the Houston region.
Over in the Axios stream, Amy's got an exclusive on a Nuclear Energy Institute ad campaign that is launching today in order to cast the decades-old electricity resource in a new light.
Why it matters: The nuclear power sector, which provides about 20% of America's electricity, has faced a confluence of economic and political challenges in recent years that are leading to plants shutting down and new reactors not getting off the ground. The campaign will try to reset nuclear's appeal in Washington as an electricity source but also more broadly, such as pointing out its role in space exploration and medical care.
Ok, here's one more neat thing from the eclipse...
NASA's Globe Observer citizen science initiative basically crowdsourced a look at how it changed temperatures across the lower 48 states and made this short animation.
What we're watching: A few of the things on our radar this week include...