U.S. Energy News

Endangered species rollback could boost oil and gas drilling

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration weakens federal endangered species protections, which could expand oil and gas drilling. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO:
• President Trump today tours a western Pennsylvania plant that will soon turn the region’s copious natural gas reserves into plastic. (Associated Press)
• Tax cuts and deregulation have helped grow U.S. oil and gas production, but the nation’s energy boom started years before Trump took office. (NPR)
• A supertanker headed for a liquified natural gas plant near Corpus Christi, Texas, narrowly misses a ferry boat, underscoring a nearby community’s fears about increasing oil carrier traffic in its harbor. (Rivard Report)

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PIPELINES:
• Conservation groups file a new lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A Virginia widow leads an eminent domain fight at the Supreme Court against the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute lands a $3 million U.S. DOE grant to design a coal-fired power plant that emits almost no carbon dioxide. (San Antonio Express-News)
• A protest by Kentucky miners enters its third week as they block a railroad track and demand back pay from a bankrupt former employer. (Time)
• The coal miners’ protest recalls the nearly century-long and sometimes violent struggles between coal companies and workers seeking to unionize. (WKYU)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• As Colorado emerges as a leader in electric transportation, it’s grappling with unique challenges from its geography. (Energy News Network)
• A new study shows electrifying vehicles in Colorado would reduce carbon emissions 42% by 2040 and save consumers almost $600 a year. (Vox)

GRID:
• The looming threat of climate change adds urgency to the debate over improving grid resilience in Detroit, where stakeholders have varying opinions on how to reduce the risk of outages. (Energy News Network)
• Texas electricity demand hit a new record Monday as people cranked up air conditioners to cool off from a triple-digit heat wave. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: Ohio’s attorney general rejects proposed petition language to challenge a state law that subsidizes two nuclear plants, forcing organizers to gather more signatures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

RENEWABLES: The U.S., and Texas in particular, are driving another record-setting year for corporate renewable purchases. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: Dozens of aspiring companies are developing alternative storage technologies to compete with lithium-ion batteries. (S&P Global)

WIND:
• An Iowa county health board recommends future wind turbines be built at least 1.5 miles from non-participating homes due to perceived health concerns even though no studies have linked turbines to health problems. (WHO-TV)
• A new poll shows just 1% of registered Iowa voters agree with President Trump’s false claim that wind turbines cause cancer. (Time)

EMISSIONS: California’s greenhouse gas emissions continued to drop in 2017, while its economy grew by 3.6%, according to an annual report released by the California Air Resources Board. (San Francisco Chronicle)

EFFICIENCY: Smart speakers are generally energy efficient, but they can increase energy use if they force televisions to remain in standby mode. (E&E News)

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POLITICS: Democratic White House hopefuls are getting increasingly aggressive with their rhetoric against oil, gas and coal producers. (Politico)

COMMENTARY:
• Washington state leaders, including Gov. Jay Inslee, say state-led climate goals like Washington’s will lead the way in combating climate change. (Seattle Times)
• A new carbon lifecycle analysis of three Southeast pellet mills reveals that burning trees for electricity, even from sustainably managed forests, increases carbon pollution for four decades. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

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