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California approves landmark rule for zero-emission trucks

TRANSPORTATION: California regulators approve a new standard for zero-emission trucks, requiring 300,000 sold in the state by 2035. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
Washington state has the largest savings on fuel costs during the 15-year life of an electric vehicle compared to a gasoline model, according to a new study. (InsideClimate News)
Two workers at Tesla’s Fremont, California plant say they were fired after being told they could stay home to avoid coronavirus. (Washington Post)

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CLIMATE:
Amazon is paying to rename a Seattle hockey venue “Climate Pledge Arena.” (Associated Press)
Programs that help farmers reduce their climate impact will likely suffer from reduced revenue from California’s cap and trade program. (InsideClimate News)

PUBLIC LANDS:
The Interior Department announces plans to open up 18 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil and gas leasing. (Associated Press)
The Blackfeet Nation drafts a legislative bill to permanently protect Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine habitat as a cultural heritage area. (The Missoulian)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico’s congressional delegation continues to push for funding to plug abandoned oil and gas wells. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
The upstream portion of BP’s sale of its North Slope Alaska assets to Hilcorp is on course to close by the end of the month. (Anchorage Daily News)
Montana lawmakers expect the state’s tax revenue from oil and natural gas production to decrease 28% for fiscal year 2020. (Montana Public Radio)
A Colorado environmental group aims to get an anti-fracking measure back on the state’s November ballot. (Reuters)

WIND: Operations begin at a new 225 MW wind farm in Wyoming. (news release)

SOLAR:
• Fresno’s city council approves a solar and storage project that is expected to save the city $100 million over the next 20 years. (Fresno Bee)
• A Colorado college is developing a 2 MW solar garden for electricity generation and research. (The Journal) 

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HYDROPOWER: A California conservation group is calling for the public to support its FERC filing aiming to remove one of the Potter Valley Hydropower Project’s two dams. (California Trout)

COMMENTARY:
Representatives of a California nonprofit discuss community environmental programs and the future of environmental justice in a rapidly gentrifying area. (Bay Nature)
A storage company’s policy expert says bureaucratic inefficiency is holding back $300 million of projects in California. (Utility Dive)
Two conservationists say the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda threatens the Western ecosystem. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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