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California governor calls Trump emissions fight ‘pathetic’

OIL: California Gov. Gavin Newsom calls President Trump’s efforts to roll back auto emissions standards “pathetic”: “No one wants [Trump’s mileage policy] except the oil companies.” (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• The Interior Department official in charge of developing oil lease sales in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge has resigned. (Alaska Public Media)
• Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will seek further cuts in state spending rather than raise taxes on the oil and gas industry. (Juneau Empire) 

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COAL: A New Mexico utility remains skeptical of the city of Farmington’s efforts to save a coal plant by installing carbon capture. (Utility Dive)

NATURAL GAS:
• Emails show that an Oregon natural gas project endorsed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s is also supported by his former lobbying firm. (The Guardian)
• More than 50 firefighters have joined a lawsuit claiming Southern California Gas Co. failed to warn them about exposure to toxic chemicals during response to the 2014 Aliso Canyon leak. (Los Angeles Daily News)

WIND: A study commissioned by a developer explores ways California could harness offshore wind, and claims the resource could save ratepayers billions of dollars. (E&E News)

SOLAR: Walmart sues Tesla, claiming its solar panels are to blame for multiple fires at stores around the U.S. (Los Angeles Times)

JOBS:
• A new study finds California has five times more jobs in clean energy than fossil fuel jobs, with efficiency comprising the largest sector. (San Jose Mercury News)
• New Mexico State University is awarded a $750,000 grant to develop clean energy jobs. (KRWG)

POLLUTION: Northern Colorado’s consistent noncompliance with federal ozone standards could mean tougher restrictions on emissions in the future. (Coloradoan)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California tribe launches an outreach effort to encourage Native American communities to adopt electric vehicles. (Indian Country Today)

SMART METERS: A New Mexico co-op says customers can opt out of smart meters for a $155 fee. (Taos News)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Colorado pilot project will use a bioreactor to produce natural gas from carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from solar-powered electrolysis. (Oilprice.com)

COMMENTARY: A drilling opponent says a Colorado county is undermining state efforts to provide stronger environmental and health safeguards. (Post Independent)

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