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) 

ALSO:
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)

OIL & GAS:
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)

POLITICS:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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