Effort to speed climate action in California faces pushback

CALIFORNIA: Some California lawmakers are hesitant to accelerate its 100% carbon-free electricity mandate, despite the state’s grid operator dismissing political narratives that renewable energy is to blame for outages. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

ALSO: Scientists estimate that California’s wildfires this year through mid-September put about 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air. (Washington Post)

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Downed power lines to blame for at least 13 Oregon wildfires

TRANSMISSION: A fire incident report indicates at least 13 Oregon wildfires were caused by downed power lines, but questions are being asked about why lines remained live for two utilities before winds knocked them down. (KTVZ, Salem Statesman Journal) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A community choice aggregator launches a $28 million electric vehicle charging infrastructure program in a California county. (Environment + Energy Leader)
• Arizona-based electric truck startup Nikola is the subject of two federal inquiries following a report accusing it of fraud, which the company disputes. (Axios)

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Wyoming lawmakers move to repeal wind energy tax breaks

WIND: Following an unexpected committee decision last week, Wyoming lawmakers will propose a bill this fall to eliminate tax breaks for new wind farms in the state. (Casper Star Tribune)

ALSO: Residents in a Wyoming county present a petition calling for tougher regulations on wind farm development. (Casper Star Tribune)

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Trump downplays climate change during California visit

CLIMATE: In visits to fire-ravaged California, President Trump casts doubt on climate science and insists without evidence that “it’ll start getting cooler,” while Joe Biden says the president’s climate denial “fails the most basic duty to a nation.” (Los Angeles Times, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Google announces plans to power all its offices and data centers with only carbon-free electricity by 2030. (The Verge)
• Facebook announces plans to expand its emissions-reductions goals across its global supply chain by 2030. (Greentech Media)

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As Trump heads west, governors speak out on climate

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CLIMATE: Ahead of President Trump’s visit to California today, Western governors and other officials escalate warnings that climate change is fueling the region’s deadly wildfires. (Associated Press) 

ALSO:
• Environmental groups accuse Colorado Gov. Jared Polis of shirking his responsibility to fight climate change after a court was asked to remove Polis’ name from a lawsuit the groups filed in a bid to push faster government action. (Colorado Public Radio)
• Montana’s Climate Solutions Council releases its final recommendations aiming to prepare the state for climate change impacts. (Great Falls Tribune)

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