Scientists say EPA failing on fine particle pollution

POLLUTION: A group of science advisors dismissed by President Trump says national limits on fine particles of air pollution from cars, power plants, and other sources aren’t strong enough to protect people. (The Guardian) 

ALSO: An environmental group says the U.S. EPA is putting thousands of lives at risk by rolling back Obama-era mercury pollution rules. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL & GAS:
• New York’s attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about climate risks in a lawsuit set to go to trial today.

Trump taps former auto lobbyist to head Energy Department

WASHINGTON: President Trump says he will nominate deputy secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary. (New York Times) 

ALSO: Brouillette’s background as a lobbyist for the automotive industry fits a trend among Trump administration cabinet members. (New York Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Chicago residents living in apartments push for better access to electric vehicle charging stations as the city adopts new regulations to address the issue.

Oil companies increase flaring, despite pledges to cut back

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies claim progress in curbing gas flaring, but data shows significant increases in flaring and venting of natural gas and greenhouse gases. (New York Times)

ALSO: A New York utility ordered to lift a moratorium on new gas hookups now has a backup plan to deliver compressed natural gas by truck. (Bloomberg)

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CALIFORNIA: Southern California Edison warns it may shut off electricity to more than 32,400 homes and businesses today and tomorrow.

Study: Clean energy in U.S. a $1.3 trillion annual business

CLEAN ENERGY: A new study estimates the “green economy” in the U.S. generates $1.3 trillion in annual revenue, or about 7% of GDP. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Google announces plans for $150 million in clean energy investment; the figure represents about 0.1% of the company’s 2018 revenue. (CNET)
• A growing number of colleges and universities seek help from the private sector to run their utilities and meet emission-reduction targets. (Utility Dive)
• ExxonMobil is spending millions on clean energy researchers, which some critics say raises questions about scientific independence. (Axios)

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California utility’s outage strategy called ‘unacceptable’

CALIFORNIA: California’s senior utility regulator slams PG&E for its “failures in execution” and issues a series of sanctions against the bankrupt utility, demanding an overhaul of its “unacceptable” planned outages strategy. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO:
• PG&E inspectors found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds, including downed power lines and trees that hit lines — which could have sparked wildfires. (Associated Press)
• Los Angeles fire officials have determined the destructive Saddle Ridge Fire began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison. (Associated Press)

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