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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Attorneys general from nine states sue the Trump administration to block seismic testing for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast. (Reuters)

• With the release of a draft environmental study, the Trump administration is moving closer to opening an Alaskan wildlife refuge to drilling, possibly by the end of next year. (New York Times)
• After months of record output, Bakken oil production in North Dakota is expected to level off early next year. (S&P Global)

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Neighbors of coal plants near Orlando, Florida filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging pollution from the plants is responsible for a spike in cancer cases. (Orlando Sentinel)
• The Navajo Nation could lose $170 million over the next decade from its investment in an New Mexico coal plant, according to an energy research group. (KNAU)

POLICY: The Farm Bureau is an often unnoticed ally in the oil industry’s fight against climate science and policy. (InsideClimate News)

• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu plans to request a federal study of offshore wind potential in the state, a first step to development. (NHPR)
Wind power generated 19,168 megawatts of electricity in Texas early this morning, beating a previous record, regulators say. (Houston Chronicle)
• Wind farm projects brought new revenue to an Ohio county and helped it boost its bond rating. (Bond Buyer)

• New Jersey regulators take steps to phase out solar RECs and transition to new initiatives that can get the state to 100 percent renewable energy. (Utility Dive)
Utilities in the Southeast face challenging policy questions because of the region’s growing demand for solar energy. (Utility Dive)

• Nevada lawmakers appear to have stopped a last-minute attempt to include funding in a stopgap spending bill for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Critics say New York regulators overstepped their authority by authorizing $7.6 billion in subsidies to nuclear power plants. (Times Herald-Record)

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HYDROPOWER: A new study from Stanford University shows that when droughts sap hydropower production, Western states typically turn to fossil fuels and produce more carbon dioxide emissions. (Stanford News)

COMMENTARY: A USA Today contributor says it’s time for kids to have “the talk” with their parents — about climate change.

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