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Colorado climate bill would reduce emissions 90 percent by 2050

CLIMATE: A prominent Colorado lawmaker files a bill seeking to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 2005 levels over the next 30 years. (Denver Post)

ALSO: Oregon’s governor throws her support behind a bill creating a new state agency to oversee a proposed carbon cap and trade program. (The Oregonian)

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OIL & GAS:
• Several Western tribes push federal land managers to permanently ban drilling at a culturally important site in New Mexico. (Associated Press)
• Several high-profile drilling projects under development in Alaska are likely the next legal targets for environmentalists hoping to challenge the Trump administration’s efforts to open more public lands to oil and gas development. (InsideClimate News)
• An oil and gas lease sale on 96,000 acres in Wyoming has raised $11.8 million for the federal government and the state. (Associated Press)
• County officials in a Denver suburb approve a six-month moratorium on new drilling. (Colorado Public Radio)
• Members of Wyoming’s Congressional delegation slam a federal judge’s decision to block drilling on 300,000 acres. (Casper Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Hawaii utility receives permission from state regulators to introduce a special time-of-use rate for electric bus charging. (Pacific Business News Network)

WIND:
• The U.S. Navy will likely oppose building an offshore wind farm along a stretch of California coast, but supporters think there’s still ways for the project to move forward. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)
• Construction on a proposed Wyoming wind farm could be delayed because of a contract dispute. (Rawlins Times)

SOLAR:
• The greater San Francisco area has more solar jobs than anywhere in the U.S., according to a new industry report. (Utility Dive)
• A solar array paired with a battery is saving a California tribe $200,000 a year in energy costs. (Yale Climate Connections)

UTILITIES: California utilities are looking at new technologies to help reduce wildfire risks. (San Francisco Chronicle)

POLITICS: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offers some clues about his climate and energy platform, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks on the presidential campaign trail. (Axios)

COAL:
• Wyoming’s governor pledges to continue to raise awareness about the economic challenges the state faces as a result of its dependency on coal and other sources of mineral revenues. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Now owned by a bankrupt coal company’s creditors, a Montana coal mine is on steadier financial ground at least until the end of the year. (Billings Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• David Roberts explains how California, Washington and a handful of other states are shifting the nation’s building stock to zero-carbon sources of heating and cooling. (Vox)
• A bill allowing a South Dakota utility to buy a struggling coal-fired power plant and pass future costs onto customers would “permanently harm Montana’s energy consumers,” says a former state utility regulator. (Livingston Enterprise)

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