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Federal regulators OK plan to drill off the Alaska coast

OIL AND GAS: In a major blow to conservationists, federal regulators approve a plan to drill the first oil wells off the coast of Alaska. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A BLM office in New Mexico sets a record for drilling permit applications. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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SOLAR:
• In Arizona, the battle lines are drawn between the state’s largest utility and clean energy advocates over a ballot measure seeking to increase renewable energy use. (The New Yorker)
• A remote village in Alaska turns to solar energy to help combat sky-high electricity prices. (Alaska Public Radio Network)
• Hawaii’s largest utility is close to signing agreements for seven solar projects, company officials say. (Hawaii Public Radio)

WIND: With a federal tax credit set to expire next year, developers consider replacing many of the aging wind turbines that dot the landscape between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

BIOFUELS: A Boston company announces plans for a $350 million conversion of a California petroleum refinery to renewable fuels. (NGT News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volvo buys a stake in a California company it calls “a pioneer in flexible, fast charging technology for electric cars.” (CNBC)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s attorney general calls the Trump administration’s decision to freeze fuel economy standards “unlawful” as the state prepares to file its formal opposition to the plan. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES: The Hawaiian island of Molokai will rely more on solar, storage and electric vehicles to help the state reach its clean energy goals, the local electricity provider says. (The Molokai Dispatch)

POLITICS:
• With a contentious battle over drilling setbacks consuming Colorado, here’s where the two gubernatorial candidates stand on renewable energy and the environment. (Denver Post)
• Arizona’s attorney general files a lawsuit against the backers of a clean energy ballot measure, claiming the group’s recent ads aim to “falsely and maliciously undermine his re-election campaign.” (Arizona Republic)
• Colorado’s Democratic candidate for governor is among a new crop of politicians who want to accelerate the country’s transition to clean energy. (Politico)

POLLUTION: Hawaii and Utah are among four states that will share $10 million in a settlement with Chevron to resolve pollution violations at its refineries. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A law professor outlines the government’s efforts to shut down a climate lawsuit led by Oregon youth. (The Atlantic)

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