Maine could require transmission opponents to reveal donors

TRANSMISSION: The Maine Ethics Commission will investigate whether a group opposing a hydropower transmission line should be required to disclose its donors. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: PennEast’s plan to split a natural gas pipeline project into two phases draws new objections at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (S&P Global)

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SOLAR:
• Solar jobs increased slightly in Massachusetts last year, but the growth was small compared to neighboring states, which advocates say is due to uncertainty over state policy.

Poll finds climate change among voters’ top issues

CLIMATE: A new poll finds that climate change is now a top issue for voters, but Democrats and Republicans are increasingly polarized on the subject. (The Atlantic)

ALSO: The USDA announces plans to help the agricultural sector cut carbon emissions while still increasing productivity. (The Hill)

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TRANSPORTATION: Chicago has made strides to become a more bike-friendly city, but bicycling remains unsafe and impractical in many minority neighborhoods, bicycle riders and advocates say.

How do we get to a carbon-free grid?

CLIMATE: “People completely underestimate the scale of the challenge”: recent studies show a vast deployment of clean energy will be needed to hit state and regional emissions targets by midcentury — but the transition is also economically and technologically feasible. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes eliminating funding for regional centers to research climate adaptation. (The Hill)
• A new study finds global methane emissions from the oil and gas industry have been vastly underestimated. (The Guardian)
• Democratic presidential candidates describe executive actions they plan to take to address climate change if elected. (Vox)

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Lawmaker: Vermont ‘throwing spaghetti against the wall’ on climate

CLIMATE: Vermont lawmakers consider a bill that would allow citizens to sue the state if it doesn’t follow through on reducing emissions. (Vermont Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION:
• Backers of a proposed power line to import hydropower to New York dispute a recent report claiming the project will not reduce emissions. (WAMC)
• Aiming at Hydro-Quebec, a Maine lawmaker introduces a bill that would prevent foreign companies from influencing ballot campaigns. (Maine Public)

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Can we meet climate targets without the oil industry?

CLIMATE: An IEA report notes that oil industry support for clean energy amounted to just 0.8% of capital expenditures last year, and warns greater involvement will be needed to meet climate targets. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A new petrochemical plant in Louisiana will be one of the largest CO2 emitters in the country — equivalent to adding 2.6 million cars to the road — when it goes online in 2029. (E&E News)
• An appeals court dismisses a youth-led climate lawsuit against the federal government, saying “such relief is beyond our constitutional power. (New York Times)

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