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Carbon tax politics in flux amid climate report, Exxon Mobil support

CARBON TAX: The case for taxing fossil fuels just got stronger because of an alarming new climate change report, but it’s unlikely to break down political resistance to a carbon tax. (Associated Press)

MORE: Exxon Mobil is putting $1 million into a political campaign in support of a carbon tax. (Bloomberg)

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WIND:
• A Danish company’s acquisition of Deepwater Wind is not expected to delay the timelines of planned offshore wind projects. (Baltimore Sun)
• Wind farms across the U.S. are helping General Motors meet its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050. (Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR:
• Walt Disney Company is months away from generating enough solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at its Florida resort. (New York Times)
• Organic Valley, the largest cooperative of organic farmers in the U.S., expands its plan to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy to sharing solar power with 13 Midwest communities. (La Crosse Tribune)
A Montana brewery is offering free beer to customers who sign up for a community solar array that it is hosting. (Helena Independent Record)

UTILITIES:
Advocacy groups call for the complete overhaul of a draft report intended to chart Indiana’s energy future, saying it uncritically endorses utilities’ pursuit of natural gas. (Energy News Network)
Kansas City Power & Light’s plan to return federal tax savings to customers also includes measures to encourage renewable energy purchases, community solar and reduce energy usage. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• A central Ohio coal plant is closing two years ahead of schedule in 2020 as it fails to compete on the wholesale market. (Coshocton Tribune)
• Wind and solar energy is straining the equipment at a 1,365 MW coal plant in Nebraska by causing it to ramp up and down more frequently. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS:
President Trump will allow for year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, setting him “firmly on the side of corn growers.” (Radio Iowa)
• An Iowa researcher is skeptical about any immediate impact from Trump’s decision and whether fuel retailers will invest in ethanol pumping infrastructure. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil and gas companies in West Texas are burning off record amounts of natural gas and say there’s little they can do to curb it. (Houston Public Media)
• President Trump’s new trade deal benefits Texas oil and gas companies that sell in Mexico. (Texas Standard)
• An impact statement for a proposed liquified natural gas facility in Washington states the project will have a net benefit in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but only if the natural gas is sourced from British Columbia, which has stricter methane regulations. (Tacoma News Tribune)

CLIMATE:
• Without a massive reduction in carbon emissions, Miami will face chronic flooding and deadly heat days by 2050. (Miami New Times)
Global temperature rises predicted in a new report will affect Vermont’s major industries, including ski resorts and maple syrup, experts say. (WCAX)
• Minnesota is doing better than other states in reducing emissions from the energy sector, but it’s not on pace to do so at the magnitude laid out in a new United Nations climate change report. (Minnesota Public Radio)
An Arizona scientist who co-authored a recent IPCC report on climate change discusses what her state can do to help. (Arizona Daily Star)

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TRANSPORTATION: Private automobiles account for 23 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, and there are signs that the problem is getting worse. (Curbed New York)

POLICY: An Illinois congressman introduces a bipartisan bill to advance technology around combined heat and power systems. (E&E News, subscription)

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