Study warns U.S. climate rollbacks will supercharge emissions

CLIMATE: A new study finds the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era climate rules will result in an additional 1.8 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions — equivalent to a year’s output from Russia — between now and 2035. (Politico)

ALSO:
• BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, discloses that it has been putting increasing pressure on companies that are failing to make progress in addressing climate change. (The Guardian)
• The Vermont House overrides Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a climate bill with the state senate expected to follow suit in the coming days. (Seven Days)

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OVERSIGHT:
• Documents show that pressure from the White House influenced the EPA’s rulemaking process on methane emissions.

EPA suspends equity training after Trump complaints

EQUITY: The EPA has postponed an internal speaker series on environmental justice after a memo from the Trump administration calling such trainings “un-American propaganda.” (Politico)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Oil giant BP says it plans to start work on more than 20 GW of renewable energy projects by 2025. (Bloomberg)
• Minnesota utility Xcel Energy is updating an online mapping tool that details grid congestion, which would help clean energy developers determine where to site projects. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE: Some of President Trump’s stated views on climate change rely on debunked talking points that have been long abandoned by skeptics of climate science. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: The Ohio Power Siting Board is expected to reject calls to revisit a May ruling that critics say would doom the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes.

House Democrats introduce scaled-back energy proposal

POLICY: House Democrats introduce a climate and energy bill that falls short of earlier committee recommendations but could be reconciled with a similar bill moving through the Senate. (The Hill)

OVERSIGHT: Senate Democrats continue to push for the removal of William Perry Pendley as head of the Bureau of Land Management, and the EPA reappoints a scientist with ties to the oil industry to an air quality advisory committee. (The Hill)

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COAL: Industry conditions are “not going to reverse,” an analyst says as major U.S. coal companies report a roughly $1.8 billion reduction in asset values. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: U.S. financial regulators are investigating FirstEnergy’s alleged $60 million bribery scheme in a separate probe from the FBI.

Trump, Biden show stark contrast on climate in California visits

POLITICS: 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)

CLIMATE:
• Connecticut sues ExxonMobil, arguing the oil giant misled the public for decades on climate change, joining more than a dozen other states and municipalities that have filed similar lawsuits. (Washington Post)
• Facebook announces it is launching a new science information center but will not revisit editorial policies that have allowed climate misinformation to flourish on its platform. (NBC News)

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OVERSIGHT:
• A coalition of 24 states and municipalities sues the EPA over its decision to roll back restrictions on methane emissions. (E&E News)
• Critics say a new EPA rule requiring public input on guidance documents will make it easier to dismantle regulations, but some legal scholars say the change could harm businesses.

BP says “peak oil” may have already passed

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OIL & GAS: In an annual energy report, BP says global oil consumption may have already peaked, and predicts unprecedented growth in renewable energy. (The Guardian)

ALSO:
• A secret recording made at an 2019 industry gathering shows oil executives worried about the optics of flaring natural gas that is uneconomical to recover. (New York Times)
• An investigation finds the oil industry has been misleading the public on the economics of recycling plastic, with most of it going to landfills. (NPR)
• North Carolina will continue its lawsuit against the federal government’s decision to advance seismic testing off the state’s Atlantic coast even after a company withdrew its request to do so.