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Amazon, Microsoft face walkouts over fossil fuel ‘complicity’

CLIMATE: Today is expected to be the biggest day of climate demonstrations in the planet’s history as students walk out of classes around the world. (CNN)

• Amazon pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040 but still faces a walkout today by employees who want the company to set a more aggressive plan. (Vox)
• Microsoft workers are also protesting their employer’s “complicity in the climate crisis” by walking off the job today. (The Verge)
• 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he would consider appointing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to serve as a climate czar. (The Hill)
In an interview, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says “Republicans are losing the battle” on climate change. (Vanity Fair)

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• Google announces what it says is the largest corporate renewables purchase in history, a package of deals totaling 1,600 megawatts. (Greentech Media)
Combining wind and solar is the future of power generation in rural areas, according to a Minnesota developer. (Minnesota Public Radio)

Amazon orders 100,000 electric vans from a Michigan company, likely the largest order of fully electric vehicles in automotive history. (Detroit News)
• Greenhouse gas emissions from commercial air travel are growing at a faster rate than previously thought, a United Nations report finds. (New York Times)
2020 Democratic presidential candidates call for phasing out sales of fossil fuel-burning vehicles within the next two decades. (NBC News)
• President Trump’s effort to revoke California’s clean air authority could threaten the state’s electric vehicle rebate program. (Utility Dive)
• “Good old-fashioned salesmanship” seems to be working in Colorado as car buyers and lawmakers embrace transitioning to electric vehicles to combat climate change. (Westword)

OHIO: The use of riders, subsidies and other policies has shifted Ohio away from the state’s original goal 20 years ago of deregulating its electricity markets and has caused customer bills to steadily increase. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)

Dominion Energy proposes to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, a 2.6 GW project off the coast of Virginia Beach. (Greentech Media)
• Orsted will be the first developer to deploy GE’s 12 MW wind turbines in offshore projects it is planning in New Jersey and Maryland. (CNBC)
Wind is about to surpass coal in Texas for the first time as wind costs decline and coal plants close, according to an energy company’s report. (Bloomberg)

• Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island, where a meltdown forever changed nuclear energy in America, shuts down at noon today. (USA Today)
Duke Energy moves to extend permits into the 2060s for its 11 nuclear reactors in the Carolinas as part of its decarbonization goals. (E&E News, subscription)
• Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker compares Democrats who oppose nuclear energy to Republican climate deniers. (HuffPost)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota home builders say customer interest in energy efficiency is on the rise. (Energy News Network)

• A summit of Northeast home heating oil dealers endorsed a resolution to commit to zero emissions by 2050. (VermontBiz)
• Sen. Bernie Sanders says if he is elected president, he would use the Justice Department to pursue litigation against fossil fuel companies. (The Hill)

• Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler misled President Trump into signing ethanol waivers for oil refineries. (WHO-TV)
• Meanwhile, Trump’s re-election campaign touts the benefits of fossil fuels for Iowa in a news release. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Oil state senators meet with President Trump to oppose increasing the amount of ethanol refineries are required to blend into their supply. (Houston Chronicle)

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GREEN NEW DEAL: Some Texas lawmakers and advocates want the state to prioritize the Green New Deal, just like it did with renewable energy over a decade ago. (Texas Observer)

• Utility planning needs to keep pace with rapid technology changes in the energy sector, a Michigan clean energy advocate says. (Energy News Network)
• Hurricane Dorian’s damage in the Bahamas showed how dangerous offshore oil and gas drilling can be, an environmental advocate says. (Coastal Review Online)
• North Carolina’s transportation sector is poised for electrification, but creative solutions are needed to succeed, a clean energy advocate says. (EDF Energy Exchange)
Young advocates in Colorado explain why they’re joining the climate strike: “We don’t have time to wait until we’re old enough to vote.” (Aspen Times)

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