Oregon denies permit for natural gas export terminal

OIL & GAS: Oregon denies a key permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas project, saying it would have significant adverse effects on the state’s coastal economy. (The Oregonian)

ALSO:
• Democratic delegates from New Mexico continue to oppose a federal fracking ban proposal. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• New Mexico Republicans issued warnings about the dangers of dependence on oil and gas during a debate on the state’s main budget bill. (New Mexico Political Report)

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Report: Colorado needs aggressive steps to hit emissions target

CLIMATE: A new report finds that even with measures like widespread coal retirements and adoption of electric vehicles, Colorado will fall far short of climate targets passed by the legislature last year. (Westword)

ALSO: Most of Oregon’s House Republicans refused to attend a session last night amidst a slowdown on cap-and-trade legislation. (Associated Press)

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CALIFORNIA:
• California regulators have laid out a new proposal that would allow the state to revoke PG&E’s license if it endangers the public after emerging from bankruptcy.

Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate crisis

Correction: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos committed $10 billion to fight the climate crisis. The subject line of Tuesday’s digest misstated the figure. CLIMATE: Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos announces $10 billion in funding to help climate scientists, activists, and nongovernmental organizations — but without mentioning the company’s climate impact. (New York Times, Frontline)

ALSO:
• Oregon Democratic lawmakers are set to slow down their cap and trade bill and get more input from Republicans who say they need to understand it for their constituents. (The Oregonian)
• Oregon students and youth activists rallied at the state capitol yesterday, urging lawmakers to move forward with cap and trade legislation.

Oil boom complicates New Mexico’s climate aspirations

CLIMATE: New Mexico activists are questioning Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s commitment to reducing the state’s carbon emissions 45% by 2030 given the ongoing Permian Basin oil and gas boom. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

ALSO: A Republican Utah congressman has started holding climate chats on Twitter, and says he believes common ground can be found on environmental policy. (E&E News)

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HYDROPOWER: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is supporting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River to increase endangered salmon runs.

Investigation raises doubts about Bloom fuel cells

GRID: An investigation finds that Bloom fuel cells, which have gained popularity as a backup power source in California, face a host of cost issues and are still far more expensive than renewable energy. (Forbes)

ALSO: New Mexico lawmakers advance a grid modernization bill, but reject a community solar plan. (New Mexico Political Report)

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COAL:
• A Navajo company agrees to waive its sovereign immunity in Wyoming, which allows state regulators to oversee two mines it recently acquired.