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2020 Dems get more confrontational with fossil fuels

OIL & GAS: 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are getting more confrontational with the fossil fuel industry as climate change rises as a concern among voters. (Vox)

ALSO:
• Offshore drilling has not been the job creation bonanza that President Trump promised, despite his efforts to deregulate. (E&E News, subscription)
• Alaska Natives and environmental groups sue the Trump administration, alleging that information is being withheld about the impacts of Arctic oil drilling. (Reuters)
• More than three dozen people are injured in an explosion and fire at the ExxonMobil petrochemical plant in Baytown, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• A survey shows Americans expect big changes in their energy sources over the coming decade, including more electric cars and distributed generation. (Reuters)
• Former Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz unveils a decarbonization plan he’s calling the “Green Real Deal.” (Axios)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Massachusetts House unanimously passed a climate bill that would inject $30 million into an electric vehicle rebate program that is set to expire in September. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Lobbying efforts are underway to persuade Republicans from coastal states to support tax credits for offshore wind development. (Greentech Media)
• Wind energy advocates say there is potential for wind farms to power New Orleans despite the high costs. (NOLA.com)
• Hundreds of fiberglass wind turbine blades are being disposed of at a Wyoming landfill, but the operator says they’re preferable to oil field waste. (Bloomberg) 

SOLAR:
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweets that the company will produce 1,000 solar roofs per week by year’s end, a target analysts say is unlikely. (Greentech Media)
• Developers say New Jersey’s attempt to overhaul the way solar is financed threatens the economic viability of more than 100,000 projects. (NJ Spotlight)
• Half a million dollars in federal abandoned mine funds will help start a solar project at a Wise County, Virginia, data center. (Kingsport Times-News)

STORAGE: A New York storage consortium says state regulators underestimate how many gas peaking units can be replaced by battery storage. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Birds are dying from night-time collisions with power lines, but illuminating them with ultraviolet light can reduce crashes. (Scientific American)

COAL:
• A developer has set his sights on defunct coal power plants as venues for upscale urban commerce. (Bloomberg)
• Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel didn’t post bonds to cover the cost of paying its workers as required by state law in Kentucky. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Blackjewel’s former CEO posts a letter apologizing and promising that half the money recovered would be distributed equally to employees. (WYMT)
• An auction has been set for Blackjewel’s remaining assets. (Associated Press)
• A dust devil sweeps up a “coalnado” on a surface mine in West Virginia. (UPI)

COAL ASH: The EPA proposes to eliminate Obama-era limits on how much coal ash can be used to level ground or fill holes or ravines. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: The race is on to develop new strategies for permanently storing dangerous radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. (Ensia)

UTILITIES: An investigation finds that energy traders have pulled more than $866 million from California ratepayers over the past 10 years. (Sacramento Bee)

GRID: Last month’s Midwest and Atlantic coast heat waves resulted in the highest U.S. electricity demand since 2017. (Today in Energy)

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CLIMATE:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry contradicts President Trump, saying humans do play a role in causing climate change. (CNBC)
• Investors are recognizing climate risks and demanding companies in their portfolios acquire renewable energy for their operations. (Greenbiz)

COMMENTARY:
• An advocate writes that investors and large corporations are pushing clean energy to a tipping point despite a lack of federal policy. (GreenBiz)
• An energy conservation specialist says addressing the climate crisis will require greater housing density in urban centers. (CityLimits.org)
• A journalist (and contributor to the Energy News Network) reflects on the prospects for a just transition in a Colorado coal town. (Mountain Town News)

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