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AOC: Climate deniers suffer from ‘privileged’ attitude

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal judge in Alaska on Friday revoked a Trump administration order that lifted a ban on offshore drilling in 128 million acres in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. (Washington Post)

GREEN NEW DEAL:
In a televised town hall, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says those seeking to delay action on climate change suffer from “a privileged and removed-from-reality attitude.” (CNBC)
The nonprofit that developed the $93 trillion figure commonly used to attack the Green New Deal is connected to a group that has received donations from fossil fuel interests, but the economist who developed the number says there was no political pressure. (E&E News, subscription)  

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EFFICIENCY: A North Carolina bill would require state buildings to cut energy use by 10 percent, which would save more than a quarter billion dollars. (Energy News Network)

CYBERSECURITY: Illinois utility regulators play a bigger role in overseeing cybersecurity as smart grid features become more widespread. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: A Seattle-based tech startup makes it easier for corporations across the U.S. to procure renewable energy from developers. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Officials with Arizona’s largest utility confirm the company gave millions of dollars to dark-money political groups in 2014 elect two candidates to the state board that regulates utilities. (Arizona Republic)

PIPELINES:
• President Trump issues a presidential permit meant to speed up the development of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Work continues on the Mountain Valley Pipeline despite erosion and sediment control problems, though federal regulators have not issued a single “serious violation” notice. (Roanoke Times)

TRANSMISSION: The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission is recommending approval of a 145-mile transmission line that would import Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Press Herald)

SOLAR: Tesla is building a 1.9 MW solar array atop a Maryland landfill. (Frederick News-Post)

GRID: Texas businesses build more back-up power supplies to prepare for high energy demands this summer. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
New Mexico’s new clean energy law includes a widely-praised provision that helps former fossil fuel workers transition to new jobs, but several indigenous groups say it lacks their input. (Greentech Media)
• Residents of two Kentucky coal towns urge the state to ban surface mining on more than 10,000 acres around the towns. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Minnesota nonprofit utility District Energy retires the last of its coal generation two years ahead of schedule. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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EMISSIONS: A Tennessee couple dramatically reduce their carbon emissions by installing solar and driving electric vehicles. (Yale Climate Connections)

COMMENTARY: A national wildlife refuge in Alaska isn’t open for oil and gas development and, “if the law and common sense prevail, it never will be,” says a former Interior Department official. (The Hill)

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