EQUITY: Advocates warn the Trump administration’s decision last week to weaken environmental oversight for pipelines and other projects will disproportionately harm communities of color. (The Hill)

COAL: Appalachian organizations helping communities transition from coal economies are doubling down on their efforts as the coal industry struggles during the coronavirus pandemic. (Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR:
• Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia is “highly unlikely” to meet its state deadlines and will likely face additional budget overruns, according to a local monitor. (Bloomberg)
Arizona tribal nations fear an environmental catastrophe after losing a seven-year old lawsuit aiming to close a uranium mine roughly 10 miles south of the Grand Canyon’s south rim. (Arizona Republic)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Promoting electric vehicle charging to off-peak hours may offer an opportunity for wider use of time-of-use rates in New Hampshire. (Energy News Network)
• Xcel Energy has several programs under development in Minnesota that are designed to incentivize off-peak charging. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: U.S. House Democrats sponsor an updated $494 billion transportation funding bill that includes $350 million for EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations. (Smart Cities Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• The number of oil rigs in the U.S. declined for the 13th-straight week, falling below 300 for the first time. (Houston Chronicle)
• Energy producers shut down about a third of the Gulf of Mexico’s crude oil and natural gas supplies as Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall yesterday. (S&P Global)

PIPELINES:
• A new EPA rule that narrows the scope of state reviews of pipeline crossings won’t necessarily ease the path for projects because a suspended Army Corps permit is likely already delaying them. (Bloomberg Law)
• Records show a West Virginia bill increasing penalties for pipeline protests was backed by lobbyists for Dominion Energy and other natural gas groups. (The Intercept)

WIND: Colorado’s southeastern corner has enough wind potential to power the rest of the state, but lacks the high-voltage transmission that could deliver the energy to demand centers. (Mountain Town News)

SOLAR: Tesla resumes solar panel and battery work at its Buffalo Gigafactory shut down by COVID-19 as partner Panasonic says it will now end its relationship at the plant in September. (Greentech Media)

FINANCE: A new analysis suggests that, despite publicly announced climate pledges, large banks continue to support fossil fuel companies. (Grist)

UTILITIES: Consolidated Edison prepares for transformed electricity demand in New York City as power use shifts from commercial buildings to residences during the coronavirus pandemic. (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency could play a key role in limiting energy usage as recreational marijuana growing expands in the Midwest. (Yale Climate Connections)

POLITICS:
• An up-and-coming Democratic senator from Illinois has emerged as one of Congress’ top climate “nerds.” (E&E News)
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper pushed carbon reduction targets and now faces criticism from the left and right as he seeks reelection. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• Tribes in northern Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin approach climate change adaptation with traditional values of relationship building and observation. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Massachusetts amends its climate lawsuit against Exxon, arguing that the coronavirus pandemic shows the company’s business model will not survive climate change. (E&E News, subscription required)

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ACTIVISM:
• Overwhelmingly white environmental groups have struggled to show solidarity with social justice protests without appearing hypocritical. (E&E News)
• The Buffalo man shoved and injured by police during an anti-racism protest is a longtime climate activist. (E&E News, subscription required)

COMMENTARY: A New York Times climate reporter compiles a list of books, articles and other resources linking racism and the environment

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.