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Climate, equity fights go hand-in-hand

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) 

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