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Automakers strike deal with California, rebuffing Trump

TRANSPORTATION: Four major automakers strike a deal with California to recognize the state’s ability to set its own emissions standards, rebuffing a Trump administration plan to assert federal authority. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: Olympia, Washington sets a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. (Olympian)

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OIL AND GAS:
California’s governor is calling for more oversight after touring a Chevron oil spill in Bakersfield and plans to revamp the state’s top oil regulatory agency. (Los Angeles Times)
A Greeley, Colorado, company has agreed to pay more than $200,000 in fines for drilling into and extracting oil and gas from federal land without permission. (news release)
Facilities to recycle and reuse oil and gas water waste are coming to Southeast New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

NATURAL GAS:
A Bay Area real estate developer says that Berkeley’s natural gas ban will significantly increase the cost of living for area apartment dwellers. (Fox Business)
What could possibly be California’s last natural gas-lit power plant has been approved by Glendale’s city council. (LAist)

COAL:
Blackjewel says it has reached a deal to sell two Wyoming coal mines, along with another in West Virginia. (Gillette News Record)
A Kansas utility says it wants out of its contract with Blackjewel if the company can’t meet its supply needs. (Gillette News Record)
Colorado is taking a lead in ensuring an equitable transition for communities transitioning away from coal. (In These Times)

UTILITIES:
State regulators are addressing energy reliability and price impacts in Southern California by changing the rules by which a utility can withdraw natural gas from its Los Angeles storage facility. (Reuters)
An Arizona utility says it is not affiliated with a company signing up customers in the area, and questions its renewable energy claims. (KGUN)
Commissioners in a New Mexico county and a water utility are seeking to intervene in a case to shut down a coal plant. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The Idaho National Laboratory is no longer threatened by a wildfire as winds push the blaze away from the complex. (Associated Press)

HYDRO: Loss of state energy funds could make small hydropower projects like the one Iguigig, Alaska, even more economical. (Alaska Public Media)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Missoula, Montana, debuts its new electric bus. (Missoula Current)

COMMENTARY:
Trump’s promises to save coal have yet come to pass — and miners are becoming increasingly worried for their future.” (ThinkProgress)
• A former Montana official says federal oil and gas leasing is unfair to taxpayers. (Las Cruces Sun News)

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