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Carbon tax fades from agenda as candidates push bolder plans

POLITICS: Carbon taxes have lost their political allure over the past decade as candidates shifted to more ambitious proposals such as the Green New Deal. (E&E News)

ALSO:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reads the entirety of the Green New Deal on the House floor after noting some colleagues say they haven’t read it. (The Hill)
A new analysis by centrist think tank Third Way says some climate and energy legislation has a shot of passing this year in a divided Congress. (Axios)

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Energy Department officials fear disruption as President Trump vows to root out “anti-Trump” employees in federal government. (E&E News)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Community groups worry plans to build a distribution hub at a former Chicago coal plant site will make local air pollution even worse because of added truck traffic. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: Tribal officials in Wisconsin seek to develop their own clean energy projects but remain occupied with other environmental issues. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

COAL:
The Federal Trade Commission moves to block the merger of America’s two largest coal companies, saying it would eliminate competition and increase electricity prices. (E&E News)
Three coal company bankruptcies have added more than $800 million in costs to a federal program that funds health care for miners with black lung, a federal government report says. (Ohio Valley Resource)
The Trump administration says it will resume coal leasing on public lands after its environmental review found no significant impact from new leases. (The Hill)
• Coal states’ lawsuits against California cities and Washington state to force ports to ship exports make little financial sense, economists say. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL & GAS:
BP is quitting three U.S. trade groups over carbon policy disagreements but will stay a member of the U.S. Chamber and American Petroleum Institute. (Drilled)
As the Trump administration overhauled offshore drilling safety rules, key memos were revised to remove staff concerns. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

SOLAR:
Charlotte, North Carolina, is the first customer to opt in to Duke Energy’s green tariff program for large customers to buy renewables. (Energy News Network)
Kimberly-Clark completes a 3 MW solar project at its Georgia manufacturing plant to help offset its emissions. (Energy and Environment Leader)

EFFICIENCY: Backed by state policies, Massachusetts’ two main utilities top a national ranking of efficiency based on a utility’s sales. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri files plans with state regulators to spend $7.6 billion through 2024 on grid modernization, wind energy and one million smart meters. (S&P Global)

OVERSIGHT: Advocates say a former Democratic lawmaker recently appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission can help lead action on clean energy policies. (Energy News Network)

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EMISSIONS: A study concludes that having groceries or other items delivered from a local store tends to have the lowest carbon footprint, followed by visiting a physical store and then online shopping. (Scientific American)

COMMENTARY:
A regional plan to cut transportation emissions in the Northeast has bipartisan support, but the politics remain tricky, a columnist writes. (New York Times)
A journalist compares the decline of local news to the decline of coal mining, saying they have more in common than people might think. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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