Providence climate plan aims to rectify past injustice

CLIMATE: Providence, Rhode Island unveils a climate justice plan that aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while ensuring resources are targeted to “frontline communities.” (Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• A Massachusetts agency opens a new investigation into a series of natural gas line explosions that killed a person in 2018. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station plan a new legal challenge after key permits are upheld. (WBUR)
• Plans for a new gas-fired power plant in Connecticut have become a flashpoint in the state’s debate over climate change. (CT Mirror)
• Developers of a proposed pipeline withdraw their proposal to New Jersey regulators but say they will refile soon. (Associated Press)

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Witnesses say Exxon told two different stories on climate

CLIMATE: Witnesses testifying for the New York attorney general’s office say Exxon used two different sets of numbers to calculate climate risk — one to guide its investment decisions and another that it provided to shareholders. (Climate Liability News)

ALSO:
• Former Exxon scientists tell Congress about the company’s research that warned of the risks of climate change 40 years ago. (InsideClimate News)
• The Trump administration sues California, accusing the state of exceeding its constitutional authority by joining with Quebec in an emissions cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)
• In a speech at a shale gas convention in Pittsburgh, President Trump reiterates his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
• A new study finds climate change is increasingly the top policy priority for young voters.

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.