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Hurricane Laura sends large waves crashing on a beach in Cameron, La., on Aug. 26 as an offshore oil rig appears in the distance. The most active hurricane season on record was just one of many challenges facing the oil industry this year — aside from the attention-grabbing crisis of the pandemic. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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It Wasn't Just The Pandemic: Oil's Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

The coronavirus-induced collapse in oil demand stole all the headlines. But oil companies faced a myriad of other woes, too, from hurricanes to itchy investors — and, of course, climate change.

"You would be respected if this thing could be straightened out before [Tuesday's Senate runoff elections]," President Trump said to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, in a remarkable phone call Saturday. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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'This Was A Scam': In Recorded Call, Trump Pushed Official To Overturn Georgia Vote

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Hurricane Laura sends large waves crashing on a beach in Cameron, La., on Aug. 26 as an offshore oil rig appears in the distance. The most active hurricane season on record was just one of many challenges facing the oil industry this year — aside from the attention-grabbing crisis of the pandemic. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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It Wasn't Just The Pandemic: Oil's Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

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