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Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change

CLIMATE: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he will spend $10 billion to fund scientists, activists, nonprofits and other groups fighting climate change. (Reuters)

ALSO:
A Virginia nonprofit has 75 congregations and faith communities that are a growing force for climate and environmental advocacy. (Energy News Network)
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)
• Critics worry the Trump administration could allow discredited theories to distort the next National Climate Assessment. (E&E News, subscription)

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POLITICS:
• Every major Democratic presidential candidate opposes the storage of nuclear waste under Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Washington Post)
• The next battleground for the Green New Deal is Texas, where youth activists are challenging the oil industry on its home turf. (HuffPost)

TRANSPORTATION: President Trump’s rollback of vehicle fuel economy standards would boost U.S. oil demand by 2.2 billion barrels from 2021 to 2035 and cause drivers to pay an additional $231 billion at the gas pump, an analysis finds. (E&E News) 

RENEWABLES: Texas is increasingly moving away from natural gas — which supplies about half the state’s generation capacity — and toward wind, solar and battery storage, according to the state’s grid manager. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• Combining agriculture with solar power is an emerging niche that can help prevent the displacement of land for food. (Grist)
A Maine city will consider a proposal to allow large energy users to band together for joint purchases of solar power. (Maine Public / Bangor Daily News)

EMISSIONS:
• Pennsylvania labor groups and Republicans unite in opposition to the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, imperiling its prospects. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Chevron says it is investing in a portable carbon capture technology that could be shipped to remote oil field sites as soon as 2021. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy’s CEO says he expects the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to be completed by the end of 2021 despite legal challenges putting it on hold. (WV News)

OIL & GAS: The amount of wastewater created by oil and gas wells is increasing, and experts say there are signs the industry may be running out of space to dispose of it. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• Wyoming lawmakers advanced two bills aiming to protect workers and counties against future coal bankruptcies. (Casper Star-Tribune)
The top-producing coal mines in the Illinois Basin held relatively flat production in 2019 despite declining U.S. coal demand. (S&P Global)

ACTIVISM: Parents in South Portland, Maine take a lead role in fighting pollution from an oil storage facility. (InsideClimate News)

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EFFICIENCY:
• A new study — partially funded by Whirlpool — concludes that dishwashers are usually more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand. (Grist)
Chicago officials say the city is saving $10 million a year in electricity costs after switching to LED streetlights. (CBS Chicago)

COMMENTARY:
• A manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute says it’s critical for cities and states to ban new gas hookups in buildings to address climate change. (Greentech Media)
Democrats failed to put up a fight against Republicans to save a home solar tax credit that should have been easy to defend, an author writes. (The New Yorker)

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