U.S. Energy News

EPA suspends equity training after Trump complaints

EQUITY: The EPA has postponed an internal speaker series on environmental justice after a memo from the Trump administration calling such trainings “un-American propaganda.” (Politico)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Oil giant BP says it plans to start work on more than 20 GW of renewable energy projects by 2025. (Bloomberg)
• Minnesota utility Xcel Energy is updating an online mapping tool that details grid congestion, which would help clean energy developers determine where to site projects. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE: Some of President Trump’s stated views on climate change rely on debunked talking points that have been long abandoned by skeptics of climate science. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: The Ohio Power Siting Board is expected to reject calls to revisit a May ruling that critics say would doom the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes. (Cleveland.com)

COAL: Murray Energy emerges from bankruptcy as American Consolidated Natural Resources and is the largest privately owned U.S. coal operator with mines in five states. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a letter urges President Trump to include the state in his recent offshore drilling moratorium, which only covered Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. (Coastal Review Online)
The Bureau of Land Management finds its January 2021 New Mexico lease sale will have “no significant” environmental impact. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Shell Offshore files documents to return to Alaska’s North Slope and asks the state for its exploration plan to be valid for five years. (Anchorage Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A widespread transition to electric vehicles could help avoid $72 billion in public health costs nationally by 2050, according to the American Lung Association. (Smart Cities Dive)
Arizona-based electric truck startup Nikola is the subject of two federal inquiries following a report accusing it of fraud, which the company disputes. (Axios)

SOLAR: The new owner of a Maine ski resort proposes a 30-acre solar array as part of an overall revitalization of a facility that has lost money since its inception. (Sun Journal)

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ANALYSIS: Vox writer David Roberts outlines how clean energy innovation can be ramped up to address climate change

COMMENTARY:
A columnist expresses hope that climate-fueled disasters “will finally force us to recognize the steep costs of incompetent, neglectful, uncaring government.” (New York Times)
A California journalist says the Native American cultural land management practice of prescribed burning would help prevent wildfires and create jobs. (Salon)

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