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Campaign seeks fossil fuel whistleblowers

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FOSSIL FUELS: A new campaign seeks to educate and encourage whistleblowers from the fossil fuel and logging industries who have information about fraud, public misinformation campaigns or climate science. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:
• Charitable giving from some of the nation’s largest utilities has in numerous cases been followed by recipients backing the companies’ policy goals, a new report finds. (Energy News Network)
• A rate case before Colorado regulators will delve into thorny questions of how much customers should pay for Xcel Energy’s past investments in fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

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EQUITY: A Chicago nonprofit creates a new community space that promotes access to clean energy in a South Side neighborhood. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
Attorneys general from 18 states, led by West Virginia, file a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from crossing the Appalachian Trail. (WVPB)
In eastern North Carolina, where the environmental justice movement was born, residents are trying to fight off the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Grist, Southerly)
An updated environmental review of the Line 3 pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota finds it “unlikely” that a potential oil spill would impact Lake Superior. (MPR News)

OIL & GAS:
Federal authorities approve shipment of liquified natural gas by rail in Pennsylvania, the first step in a process to construction of an export terminal in New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)
• Oil and gas companies are burning off more than 1% of what they extract from the ground, and most of that flaring is happening in Texas. (Texas Standard)

COAL: Appalachian surface coal miners are consistently overexposed to toxic silica dust, and the problem is worse in surface mines than underground mines, according to new research. (Ohio Valley Resource)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors is making a $40 million loan available to an electric vehicle startup planning to buy the automaker’s shuttered plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Detroit Free Press)
• Investment in electric vehicles, batteries and research now makes the area around the Lordstown plant the “future belt” rather than rust belt, says one Ohio lawmaker. (Ohio Capital Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A watchdog groups says New York’s clean energy goals are “likely infeasible” given the extent of local opposition to large projects. (E&E News, subscription required)
• A court rules a former SunEdison executive’s whistleblower suit against the company over his firing can proceed. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: Enel completes a 4.8 MW battery storage project in New York City, the city’s largest up to this point. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: An energy consultant discusses the plan to establish Campbell County, Wyoming as the premier place for advanced carbon technologies. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: Two dozen states pledging to uphold emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement are projected to meet their 2025 goals, but they won’t be enough to meet nationwide targets. (The Atlantic)

COMMENTARY:
• A national coalition of 300 mayors sign a letter calling for “a future powered by more clean renewable solar power.” (Environment America, news release)
• The CEO of an energy analytics company says hybrid wind, solar and storage plants could reliably supply power during peak demand hours. (Greentech Media)
• A U.S. senator and environmental advocate say clean energy tax credits are an effective tool to combat climate change but are in danger of expiring this month without congressional action. (Boston Globe)

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