• Senate Democrats are calling for an investigation into a questionnaire that Donald Trump’s transition team sent to the Energy Department, asking for names of employees who worked on climate change. (Washington Post)
• ExxonMobil shifted its public position away from climate change denial under the leadership of Rex Tillerson, whom Donald Trump has tapped to be secretary of state. (The Hill)
• Leaked documents reveal that Tillerson was the director of a U.S.-Russian oil firm. (The Guardian)

• Nearly half of Republicans would support a “revenue neutral” carbon tax, according to a new survey. (CNBC)
• The governor of Washington is proposing a new carbon tax that would raise billions for education in the state. (Associated Press)

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• State regulators approve a $130-million project to deploy 7,500 vehicle charging stations throughout Northern California. (Los Angeles Times)
• Tesla says it will impose a fine on drivers who leave their cars parked at Supercharger stations after charging is complete. (Christian Science Monitor)

SOLAR: How New Mexico’s largest city is pursuing a goal of 25 percent solar energy without any help from the state. (Politico)

WIND: Despite a history of opposing wind farms, Donald Trump may have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by purchasing wind energy to power one of his Manhattan hotels. (Mother Jones)

Environmental groups speak out against the possibility of a new natural gas plant in Oregon, saying it would lock the state into “decades of climate-disrupting fossil fuel energy.” (Portland Business Journal)
• An oil-fired power plant in Maine will begin operating the largest battery project in New England. (Portland Press Herald)

GRID: A provision to provide over $300 million in funding for microgrid development was cut from a recent energy bill in Illinois, but one project is still pushing forward in Chicago. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators extend the operating license of a Michigan nuclear plant for another 20 years. (Toledo Blade)

• Cases of advanced black lung disease in Appalachia are at least 10 times higher than federal numbers indicate, according to a recent investigation. (NPR)
• Donald Trump’s pick for interior secretary could revive plans for a controversial coal-export terminal in Northwest Washington state. (McClatchy)
• The EPA wants to appeal an October ruling that requires it to calculate how many coal jobs are lost due to air pollution regulations. (Associated Press)
• President Obama’s mine safety chief explains how fatality and injury rates in the mining industry have reached historic lows. (Greenwire)

• A new EPA rule would require 14 older power plants in Texas to be retrofitted to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. (Texas Tribune)
• Three years after a pipeline break in North Dakota, less than a third of an 840,000-gallon oil spill has been cleaned up. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Energy industry leaders in Colorado denounced the idea of the University of Denver divesting from fossil fuels, saying the move would be “a political stunt.” (Denver Post)

• A proposed natural gas pipeline would cut through a section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, threatening protected forest land. (Huffington Post)
• About 1,000 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters remain at a camp in North Dakota. (Reuters)

POLITICS: States with higher carbon emissions were far more likely to vote for Donald Trump. (The Atlantic)

COMMENTARY: Donald Trump’s administration should work to promote nuclear energy. (National Review)

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