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2020 Democrats turn focus to climate change

POLITICS: CNN tonight airs seven hours of interviews with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates focused on climate change. (Vox)

ALSO:
• Candidates release a flurry of climate plans in the leadup to the CNN forum, with Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg unveiling plans today. (Associated Press)
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenges fellow candidates to commit to a 100% clean energy transition within a decade for electricity, vehicles and buildings. (Reuters)
• A North Carolina Republican lawmaker went against his party to reject a controversial ratemaking bill backed by Duke Energy and is now working on a compromise. (Energy News Network)

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GRID:
An analysis puts a $5.7 billion price tag on PJM’s proposed policy to counter the effects of state clean energy subsidies on the capacity market. (Utility Dive)
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs an executive order directing state regulators to explore ways to create a carbon-free electric grid by 2040. (NEPR)

HYDROPOWER: The independent federal agency that sells electricity produced by Columbia River dams is $15 billion in debt and struggling with an aging infrastructure expected to cost $300 million to maintain and upgrade by 2023. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: Michigan environmental officials will review claims by residents living near a coal plant that legacy coal ash storage sites may have contaminated their drinking water wells. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• The Navajo Nation is doubling down on coal with its takeover of Cloud Peak mines in the Powder River Basin, as pressure to embrace solar and wind energy grows on and off the tribe’s reservation. (E&E News)
• “Zombie” mines sit idle in Appalachia and the West as the coal and uranium industries decline, leaving environmental cleanup and employees in limbo. (Center for Public Integrity, Ohio Valley Resource, High Country News)
• Unpaid coal miners’ protest in eastern Kentucky raises questions about the future of coal communities. (Rolling Stone)

NUCLEAR:
• 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are divided over the role of nuclear power in the nation’s clean energy transition. (The Hill)
• Energy professionals say Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is unlikely to receive funding due to the focus on the 2020 election. (Las Vegas Sun)
• One of the most vocal advocates of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site says he won’t seek reelection to Congress next year. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• A top Trump-appointed Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska is joining a foreign oil company expanding its operations on the state’s North Slope. (Washington Post)
• An Oklahoma judge’s ruling against opioid manufacturers was based on the same legal theory being used in climate lawsuits against fossil fuel companies. (Washington Post)

WIND: Facebook signs up to buy 200-megawatts of power from a Texas project that’s set to become the largest single-site U.S. wind farm. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
• Congress could help cut U.S. carbon emissions by as much as 31% below projected 2030 levels by attaching ambitious climate measures to an infrastructure bill, a new report says. (E&E News, subscription)
Environmentalists say New Jersey’s energy master plan falls short of what is needed for the state to have impact on the climate crisis. (WNYC)

ANALYSIS: Many of the major presidential candidate’s climate proposals are already underway in California, but assessing the creation of “green jobs” remains an elusive proposition. (Politico)

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