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Exxon Mobil steps up lobbying efforts for a carbon tax

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CLIMATE:
• Exxon Mobil has stepped up lobbying efforts over the past six months in support of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Several unanswered questions remain over an agreement among North American leaders to reduce emissions. (ClimateWire)

PIPELINES:
• A Canadian court rejects a $6 billion oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific coast because government officials did not adequately consult with tribal communities. (Associated Press)
• Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter was among 23 people arrested at a pipeline protest in Boston. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• An expected glut in solar modules will likely give way to even lower installed solar prices. (Utility Dive)
• Texas could become the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the U.S., according to a new industry report. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The developer of a coal export terminal in Oakland says he remains committed to finishing the project despite a city council vote to block it. (Tribune News Service)

OIL AND GAS: Oil production in the continental U.S. has dropped sharply since last year, helping to ease the world’s oil glut. (Houston Chronicle)

EFFICIENCY: A University of Chicago researcher discusses the vast energy efficiency potential with the sharing of energy-use data. (Midwest Energy News)

FOSSIL FUELS: The Obama administration issues new rules on how energy companies value oil, gas and coal extracted from federal land. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. officials are investigating a deadly crash involving a self-driving Tesla vehicle in Florida. (New York Times)

GASOLINE: California’s attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners in the state to learn how they set gasoline prices. (Associated Press)

WIND: Bolstered by recent high-profile endorsements, developers of the Grain Belt Express submit a new application for approval of the transmission project with Missouri regulators. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Louisiana and Mississippi today are to receive their first payments from settlements associated with the spill. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The rules of competitive energy markets were written years ago and do not account for “myriad innovative technologies” that are now available. (Utility Dive)

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