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Exxon Mobil leaves conservative group after climate change disagreement

OIL & GAS: Exxon Mobil leaves the American Legislative Exchange Council following a clash over climate change policy. (The Hill)

RENEWABLES:
Nevada voters will get to decide in November if they want to double the state’s renewable electricity standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pueblo, Colorado grapples with the challenges of going green after adopting a 100 percent clean energy goal by 2035. (Time)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• Offshore wind is on the brink of its arrival in the U.S. thanks in part to an oddly cooperative dynamic between states and the federal government. (E&E News)
• Offshore wind projects are producing hundreds of jobs in Rhode Island and represent an “enormous growth industry.” (Providence Business News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The U.S. Interior Department announces plans to auction off 78 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico next month for oil and gas drilling. (The Advocate)

COAL:
• There’s a black lung disease epidemic in Appalachia, but Kentucky may make it more difficult for current and former miners to receive benefits. (Vice)
• There could be eight times more coal mining near Bryce Canyon National Park under a revised Trump administration plan. (Salt Lake Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
Illinois advocates raise environmental justice concerns amid the decommissioning of U.S. nuclear plants. (Energy News Network)
Anti-nuclear activists say a truck that caught fire while hauling radioactive dirt shows the danger of transporting nuclear waste on roads. (Deseret News)
Lawmakers from around the country convene in Aiken, Georgia for a nuclear energy summit. (Aiken Standard)

PIPELINES:
• Senate Republicans want changes to stop states from using the Clean Water Act to halt or slow natural gas pipeline development. (E&E News)
• Indigenous activists set up a camp near the Canada-U.S. border in an effort to stop the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (CBC)
• A woman accused of shooting at officers during the Dakota Access pipeline protests is sentenced to four years in prison. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Texas’ Permian Basin takes advantage of solar potential with the state’s biggest solar plant and plans for the state’s biggest battery. (HPPR)
• Starting this summer, New York apartment dwellers can tap into solar power through community solar programs. (The New York Times)
• Florida’s first solar-powered city, Babcock Ranch, is the brainchild of a former NFL star. (Good Magazine)

GEOTHERMAL:
• A New Mexico national forest won’t allow geothermal development following years of study and public testimony. (Durango Herald)
• Hawaii has had plenty of power despite the unexpected shutdown of a geothermal plant damaged by lava two months ago. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

GRID: New York regulators will allow an upstate utility to negotiate contracts with cryptocurrency miners hungry for cheap power. (Bloomberg)

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POLITICS:
• Candidates for governor in Wyoming criticize each other for their positions on renewable energy. (Associated Press)
• Facing a liberal primary challenger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) changes her position to support a fracking ban in California. (E&E News)
• None of Alaska’s candidates for governor opposes drilling in the Arctic, even as examples of climate change proliferate in the state. (Scientific American)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s plan to bail out coal and nuclear could intrude on Texas’ deregulated electricity market, an editorial board says. (Dallas Morning News)
• Clean energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought, writes Vox’s David Roberts.
• A climate change researcher says divestment in fossil fuels can be an effective way to resist new pipelines like Keystone XL. (Scientific American)

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