Report warns of high cost of inaction on climate

CLIMATE: A new study says that holding warming to 2 degrees Celsius could prevent millions of premature deaths in the U.S., as Bill Gates warns climate change will be deadlier than COVID-19 by midcentury. (The Hill, CNET)

UTILITIES: The governors of New York and Connecticut call for investigations into whether utilities were prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias, which spawned the worst string of power outages since Superstorm Sandy. (NPR, New York Times)

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‘Wholly inadequate’: Governors say utilities were unprepared for Isaias

UTILITIES: The governors of New York and Connecticut call for investigations into whether utilities were prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias, which spawned the worst string of power outages since Superstorm Sandy. (NPR, New York Times)

ALSO: Connecticut’s utility regulators say Eversource misclassified the storm and vastly underestimated the number of outages that would occur. (Hartford Courant)

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BP pledges dramatic cut in oil production

CLIMATE: Following a $16.8 billion quarterly loss, BP says it will cut oil production 40% by 2030 and invest more in renewable energy, an announcement one climate advocate says “has radically changed the game.” (New York Times, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Scientists say we are entering “an era of sustained elevated risk from extreme weather and climate events” as overlapping disasters affect the U.S. (New York Times)
• A rural University of Minnesota campus generates about 60% of its electricity from renewable energy while meeting a net carbon neutral target. (Star Tribune)

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COAL: As the pandemic accelerates the economic crisis facing coal communities, Colorado takes the first steps toward what could be a nation-leading transition program.

As U.S. looks to export fossil fuels, China isn’t buying

FOSSIL FUELS: An analysis finds China has only followed through on about 5% of its commitments to purchase U.S. oil, coal, and other energy commodities this year. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: While scientists have narrowed the range of likely climate change impacts, a new study says our current trajectory on emissions is pointing to the worst outcome. (InsideClimate News)

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Dominion CEO to step down after pipeline defeat

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell will step down in October as part of an executive shakeup in the wake of the utility’s cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Greentech Media) 

ALSO:
• A New Hampshire utility drops its Granite Bridge pipeline project and instead opts to use existing infrastructure to expand gas service. (NHPR)
• The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs orders the shutdown of a pipeline delivering oil to a North Dakota refinery that the agency and tribes say is trespassing on land held in trust. (Bismarck Tribune)

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