U.S. Energy News

Energy Department burying dozens of clean energy studies

CLEAN ENERGY: Two key changes in the Energy Department have helped the agency block, delay or bury more than 40 clean energy studies, a media investigation finds. (InvestigateWest/Grist) 

Private equity investors are reportedly turning away from fracking and focusing on renewable energy. (Axios)
In a television interview, American Electric Power’s CEO says “we’ll continue moving toward a clean energy economy” regardless of the outcome of the election. (CNBC)
Climate advocates in Boulder, Colorado are divided over whether to continue with a costly municipalization effort or accept a deal from Xcel Energy; voters will decide the issue next week. (Energy News Network)

EQUITY: All three coalitions pushing for Illinois clean energy legislation say equity needs to play a role, though the approaches and accountability measures vary. (Energy News Network)

Documents show the EPA did not estimate the public health impact of its rollback of methane emission rules. (Vox)
A federal court will allow the Bureau of Land Management to reconsider the climate impacts of giving oil and gas developers access to public lands across five states. (E&E News, subscription)

PUBLIC LANDS: A new high-level Interior Department appointee has a history of public comments reflecting a white supremacist viewpoint, including accusing social justice protesters of “anti-white racism.” (HuffPost)

COAL: Idaho Power plans to end its agreement with a Nevada coal plant three years early, and will stop using coal entirely by 2030. (Idaho Statesman)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ohio-based Lordstown Motors seeks to beat its competition to market by delivering its Endurance electric truck by September 2021. (Detroit News)

Some Pennsylvania residents who suffer health or other ill effects from fracking will not support Joe Biden for president and will instead vote on cultural issues. (E&E News, subscription required)
Many southwestern Pennsylvania coal miners still support President Trump and are skeptical of the transition to the clean energy economy. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• Indigenous leaders make the case for a Native American to lead the Interior Department: “Indian country has so much to offer the entire Nation when it comes to collaborative resource management, climate policy, and environmental policy.” (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
• A columnist outlines ways oil and gas workers can thrive in a low-carbon economy. (Houston Chronicle)
• Joe Biden’s comment that the world should transition away from oil “is only radical if you’re still working off decades-old facts,” a columnist writes. (Washington Post)

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