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California governor calls EPA move a ‘brazen political stunt’

TRANSPORTATION: California Gov. Gavin Newsom criticizes the EPA’s threat to cut federal highway funds a “brazen political stunt,”  and says the Trump Administration is trying to bully the state. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
New Mexico’s governor announced the state will propose clean car standards to advance ambitious climate action in the face of federal inaction. (news release)
Spokane, Washington’s city council voted 6-1 to adopt a resolution urging the state to pass a clean fuel standard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, similar to California and Oregon laws. (Spokesman-Review)
A Utah state senator running for Salt Lake City mayor wants to cut tailpipe emissions by 25% by working with the state’s transit authority to upgrade buses and trains to run on electricity. (Deseret News)

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OIL & GAS:
In an assessment on drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the Bureau of Land Management claims “there is not a climate crisis.” (E&E News, subscription)
A court dismisses a Colorado county’s legal claims aiming to stop a drilling operation. (Boulder Daily Camera)

UTILITIES:
At a hearing yesterday, an attorney for California wildfire victims accused PG&E of treating them like “an irritant.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E’s planned power shutoffs could be disastrous for northern California wineries during harvest seasons. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COAL:
A long-closed Utah mine could reopen as early as next year to provide coal for Asian markets. (Salt Lake Tribune)
U.S. Department of Labor funding to help laid off Wyoming coal industry workers with job training and other career assistance will continue to be available through June 2021. (Associated Press)
Wyoming is set to receive $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance alternative uses for coal beyond energy generation. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR: Arizona-based First Solar announces a deal to produce 1.7 GW worth of solar panels for projects in Texas and California. (Greentech Media)

WIND: A Montana county grants a tax break to a proposed 120-turbine wind farm that could take advantage of transmission capacity from the Colstrip coal plant. (Billings Gazette)

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ANALYSIS: President Trump is weaponizing the EPA in his political fight with California, part of a pattern of using federal funds to settle scores. (CNN)

COMMENTARY:
The Alaska Oil and Gas Association says a major new North Slope project is indicative that oil and gas will continue to fuel the state’s economy for decades to come. (Anchorage Daily News)
A solar campaigning organization says the California Public Utilities Commission needs to develop at least 2,500 megawatts of new clean energy resources for reliability. (Utility Dive)
Citing electric and low-emission cars, a Colorado columnist reflects on the first Earth Day in 1970 and predicts the current youth environmental movement will be long-lasting. (Denver Post)

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