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Economists: Tackle climate and coronavirus recovery with green stimulus

CLIMATE: A study by prominent U.S. and British economists says a massive “green” recovery program would be the most cost-effective way to revive the economy and tackle climate change. (Reuters)

GRID:
• Solar, wind and hydro have exceeded coal-fired generation in the United States for a record 40 straight days, according to a new report. (Reuters)
• Record output from wind and solar is more frequently pushing prices below the point where nuclear reactors can operate profitably. (Bloomberg)

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JUST TRANSITION: The United States lacks a federal plan to support coal and nuclear plant workers as they close in the coming years. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An ambitious plan by Connecticut to deploy up to 150,000 electric vehicles in five years faces even more challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic, advocates say. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: In a historic and overdue move, the EPA sends a proposed rule to the White House to limit carbon dioxide emissions from planes. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
The Texas Railroad Commission was expected to vote today on a proposal to cut oil production, but members say they still are not ready to act. (NPR)
North Dakota faces a “truly unprecedented” situation as production drops off due to its relatively higher costs to produce and transport oil. (Reuters)
A federal judge on Friday vacated 287 oil and gas leases in Montana, ruling the BLM failed to adequately consider the environmental impacts of drilling. (New York Times)
Shell sells its Pennsylvania oil and gas assets for $541 million but is keeping its petrochemical operations in the state. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• The Rev. Jesse Jackson, breaking from other progressives, is calling to build a natural gas pipeline to serve an impoverished community near Chicago. (Axios)
• Attorneys general for 14 states urge a court to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline running during a federal environmental analysis. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• State and federal agencies are not tracking coronavirus transmissions or regulating sanitation to keep coal miners safe. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Murray Energy creditors seek permission to sue founder Robert Murray and family members to recover $71 million in alleged excessive compensation in the years leading up to the company’s bankruptcy. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority and Jacobs Engineering, a contractor on the utility’s 2008 coal ash spill, are ranked by a labor coalition as one of the nation’s worst workplace safety companies. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OFFSHORE WIND: A “digital twin” model of floating offshore wind turbines that could be built off the coast of California aims to generate data to improve performance. (Greentech Media)

FINANCE:
Congressional Republicans are reportedly planning a pressure campaign against large banks refusing financial support for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling projects, but some experts say such financing is actually very rare. (Politico, InsideClimate News)
New York resists calls from climate activists to divest state pension holdings in fossil fuels as that sector suffers large losses during the coronavirus pandemic. (Gotham Gazette)

POLLUTION:
A GOP congressman asks federal agencies to review a Harvard study linking air pollution to coronavirus deaths after it is cited in a lawsuit against the EPA. (The Hill)
• Gas stoves are making people sick and make indoor air two to five times dirtier than outdoor air, according to a new report. (The Guardian)

COMMENTARY: Stimulus spending on the grid can put Americans back to work and make the system and economy more resilient, an energy advisor writes. (Utility Dive)

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