U.S. promotes fossil fuels at climate talks

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ALSO: Undeterred by the recent defeat of a proposed carbon tax, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils a package of legislation aimed at fighting climate change, including one measure to shift the state toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Times)

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Effort to bury climate report not going as planned

CLIMATE: After an attempt by the Trump administration to bury a recent federal climate report backfires, a renewed effort to discredit climate scientists is emerging. (E&E News, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: A new poll finds that two-thirds of Republicans now acknowledge climate science. (Monmouth University)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration is expected to allow five companies to do seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Critics: Tesla’s Buffalo plant not living up to the hype

SOLAR: Critics say Tesla’s Buffalo, New York solar plant is failing to live up to the company’s promises. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

ALSO:
• Local officials issue key permits for a planned 77 MW solar farm in Maine. (Kennebec Journal)
• A new report outlines 15 ways Pennsylvania can grow solar energy to 10 percent of generation by 2030. (Energy News Network)
• A 5.5 MW solar array in New Jersey will supply energy to a glass manufacturing plant. (Solar Power World)
• A Massachusetts business park will install a series of solar carports totaling 1.1 MW of capacity.

In Maine, a familiar fight over transmission is emerging

TRANSMISSION: An opposition campaign similar to the one that sunk the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire is building against a proposed transmission line in Maine. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut regulators warn the Millstone nuclear plant is at risk of closure. (New Haven Register)

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WIND:
• A Maryland clean energy bill could lead to 1.2 GW of new offshore wind installations.