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Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate crisis

Correction: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos committed $10 billion to fight the climate crisis. The subject line of Tuesday’s digest misstated the figure.

CLIMATE: Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos announces $10 billion in funding to help climate scientists, activists, and nongovernmental organizations but without mentioning the company’s climate impact. (New York Times, Frontline)

ALSO:
Oregon Democratic lawmakers are set to slow down their cap and trade bill and get more input from Republicans who say they need to understand it for their constituents. (The Oregonian)
Oregon students and youth activists rallied at the state capitol yesterday, urging lawmakers to move forward with cap and trade legislation. (KPTV)

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COAL:
• Wyoming lawmakers advanced two bills aiming to protect workers and counties against future coal bankruptcies. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Experts say there is no “new normal” for Powder River Basin coal in the wake of company layoffs and bankruptcies just an accelerating decline. (Gillette News-Record, subscription)

SOLAR:
• New Mexico lawmakers are not giving up on their fight to establish community solar legislation. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• Cash-strapped Colorado farmers are supplementing income from underperforming fields by installing solar panels and selling electricity to Xcel Energy. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: A Wyoming House committee passes legislation to allow small modular nuclear facilities. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
A Wyoming senator pushes back on tighter pollution rules for a drilling project, which he says amounts to “backtracking” on an earlier permit. (WyoFile)
A new study finds that Colorado voters living near fracking operations are likely to support the oil and gas industry. (Center Square)

NATURAL GAS: Local natural gas development activity in Colorado declined in 2019 and current prospects for 2020 look even less promising. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Colorado legislators have proposed several electric vehicle bills for the current legislative session. (Greeley Tribune)
The City of Pueblo, Colorado is hoping to install three electric vehicle charging stations as part of its commitment of moving towards renewable energy. (KOAA)

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EFFICIENCY: A Colorado nonprofit is helping senior citizens living on a fixed income and low income families make their homes more energy efficient. (KRCC)

COMMENTARY:
Two New Mexico law professors say the state needs to make protecting the health of New Mexicans from negative impacts of the mining, oil, and gas industries a priority. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
A California conservationist says voting matters in upcoming elections to protect public lands and waters and pursue a renewable energy future. (Santa Barbara Independent)

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