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Effort to bury climate report not going as planned

CLIMATE: After an attempt by the Trump administration to bury a recent federal climate report backfires, a renewed effort to discredit climate scientists is emerging. (E&E News, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: A new poll finds that two-thirds of Republicans now acknowledge climate science. (Monmouth University)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration is expected to allow five companies to do seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (Bloomberg)

• Two years after the Dakota Access pipeline protests, legal challenges remain while North Dakota’s oil industry is booming once again. (NPR)
• A member of the board being asked to approve a deal to tunnel Line 5 beneath Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac calls the plan “ill-conceived and clandestinely implemented.” (Michigan Radio)
• Several Puget Sound tribal leaders tell Canadian energy regulators a proposed pipeline expansion will endanger orcas and other natural and cultural resources. (Associated Press)

A new report released by four Pennsylvania lawmakers outlines ways the state can support its failing nuclear plants, including putting a price on carbon. (Associated Press, StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Nevada congresswoman has asked House leaders to prevent any last-minute funding request from being slipped into a final spending bill that would restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COAL: A Colorado coal company is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to pay bonuses to its top managers. (KTVQ)

Massachusetts’ new solar incentive program makes it easier for farmers to adopt renewables and become more energy efficient. (Energy News Network)
Nevada regulators deny a request by a property management group to allow apartment dwellers to have access to energy produced by rooftop solar systems. (The Nevada Independent)

New Jersey officials explain how Gov. Phil Murphy’s offshore wind energy goals will boost the state’s economy. (NJ Spotlight, NJBIZ)
• Kansas is a growing hub for wind development, which makes up more than one-third of the state’s energy portfolio and has brought thousands of direct and indirect jobs. (KWCH)
• A new agreement will power nearly 350 Illinois Starbucks locations with wind power. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: The EPA is expected to announce higher quotas for advanced biofuels as early as today, according to an agency document. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: Two power companies target Texas transmission rules, hoping to raise the cost of solar and wind generated in remote parts of the state and sent to urban centers. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen is scouting locations for an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in North America. (Reuters)

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TECHNOLOGY: MIT scientists unveil a new window film and shading system aimed at making buildings more energy efficient. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: How government policy made solar panels cheap. (Vox)

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