ACTIVISM: Green groups say they need to speak up in support of demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd because environmental issues and racial justice are inextricably linked. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Alaska’s Gwich’in Athabascan people are reviving cultural traditions as they fight oil and gas drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. (Religion News Service)

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POLICY: House Democrats plan to unveil a major green infrastructure proposal this week. (E&E News)

PUBLIC LANDS: Experts say the next few months could be crucial for the Trump administration’s push for “energy dominance” on public lands because of the coronavirus pandemic overlapping a fiery presidential election. (E&E News)

OVERSIGHT: A 1994 Supreme Court ruling could negate a recent EPA rule change making it harder for states to fight pipelines and other projects. (E&E News)

NATURAL GAS: Analysts warn a growing natural gas supply glut could push prices below zero. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
Dominion Energy has reportedly dropped plans for a controversial pipeline along the American Tobacco Trail in North Carolina. (NC Policy Watch)
Enbridge is likely to miss prime construction season for its proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota as regulators continue to evaluate the project. (Star Tribune)
• Some Texas landowners say they’re concerned about the spread of COVID-19 as pipeline workers continue to build Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline on their properties during the pandemic. (Nexus Media)
New York’s highest court hears arguments on a land seizure case for a pipeline that received contradictory permit rulings by state and federal regulators. (Buffalo News)

BUILDINGS: A suburban Chicago mayor helped inspire the biggest jump in model building energy code improvements in a decade by encouraging cities to play a more active role in the process. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: A new report indicates U.S. home battery installations outperformed the rest of the energy storage sector in first-quarter 2020 deployments, notably in California. (Greentech Media)

WIND: The wind turbine foundations for Dominion Energy’s wind farm off the coast of Virginia are now ready, developers say. (Renewables Now)

UTILITIES: The Energy Imbalance Market aims to expand to day-ahead trading, driven by new Western state renewables and zero emissions mandates. (Utility Dive)

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POLITICS: Climate change denier and outspoken racist Steve King, who has represented northwest Iowa in Congress for two decades, is defeated by a Republican primary challenger. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• A black scientist says racism is holding back progress on climate change: “How can people of color effectively lead their communities on climate solutions when faced with pervasive and life-shortening racism?” (Washington Post)
A free market think tank says regional carbon pricing may be a way to resolve the state-federal tension on display in a federal regulatory ruling on the PJM capacity market. (Utility Dive) 

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.