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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)

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 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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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• 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)

• 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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