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Federal court rules Colorado climate lawsuit to remain in state court

CLIMATE: A federal court denies a request by Suncor Energy and Exxon Mobil, ruling that a climate lawsuit filed by the city of Boulder and two Colorado counties will remain in state court. (Boulder Daily Camera)

EMISSIONS: Critics say Colorado officials have missed a deadline to issue a greenhouse gas reduction plan and blame Gov. Jared Polis for not making the state’s emission targets a bigger political priority. (Colorado Sun)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Native American tribes and conservationists want 350,000 acres of public land in southern Nevada designated a national monument to protect it from mining, energy development, utility lines, and road construction. (KLAS)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico joins other states in a legal filing calling for the EPA to adopt stricter regulations on methane pollution from oil and gas. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New Mexico fines a Colorado oil and gas company $5.3 million for repeated air pollution violations dating back to 2017. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A study finds that a one-mile buffer zone would help protect Alaskan polar bear dens from oil and gas drilling and exploration — if they can be found. (InsideClimate News)
Oregon landowners file a motion to invalidate FERC’s approval of exports from the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal. (KDRV)
Colorado oil and gas industry leaders and regulatory reform advocates disagree on the time needed to work on new oil and gas regulations. (Greeley Tribune) 

COAL: The two newest coal companies in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin received millions of dollars in forgivable federal loans to help maintain operations and employees during the coronavirus crisis. (Casper Star-Tribune)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: New Mexico Democratic U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland says an infrastructure bill passed by the House would move the state towards an equitable renewable energy revolution. (Albuquerque Journal) 

SOLAR:
• New Mexico’s largest utility unveils a 50 MW solar array built to power a Facebook data center with renewable energy. (Associated Press)
• A Southern California community approves a new regulatory code chapter establishing requirements for solar systems. (Rancho Santa Fe Review)

WIND: Residents of a Wyoming county pushing for changes in wind energy regulations are set to hold a rally this morning. (Cowboy State Daily)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A study by Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers concludes that electric vehicles must be accompanied by clean energy grids to combat air pollution and climate change. (Phys.org)
The City of Durango, Colorado is awarded a $55,000 state grant to build electric vehicle infrastructure. (Durango Herald)

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FOSSIL FUELS: A new report indicates Wyoming’s energy decline began before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Republican Utah State Rep. Ray Ward says the cost of producing electricity from nuclear power will be much higher than other sources. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A New Mexico official says addressing the state’s abandoned oil wells would resolve environmental concerns and get laid off oilfield workers back to work. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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