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GM, Toyota back Trump in additional California emissions lawsuits

EMISSIONS: General Motors, Toyota, and other automakers back President Trump in two additional lawsuits to bar California from setting tailpipe emissions standards. (Reuters)

ALSO: The Trump administration reportedly is backing off plans to freeze Obama-era auto emissions standards and could require automakers to implement annual efficiency increases of 1.5%. (Wall Street Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: A Missoula, Montana company’s electric cargo bikes are being put to the test as maintenance vehicles in a yearlong pilot project at the University of Virginia. (Energy News Network)

GRID: A first-of-its-kind cyberattack targeted solar and wind farms in Utah this spring and briefly cut contact to dozens of facilities, documents reveal. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
A BLM study finds a minimal impact from fracking on public lands in California, and could revive drilling after a two-year moratorium. (E&E News, subscription)
Commissioners in an oil-heavy Colorado county are offering to help fund and participate in a new study on short-term health risks associated with being within a certain range of oil and gas drilling. (Greeley Tribune)
Supporters say legislation prohibiting oil and gas drilling on federal land bordering New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a “major step forward” that will “forever protect Chaco.” (New Mexico Political Report)
Canadian oil and gas producer Encana is relocating to Denver, Colorado in a bid to attract more U.S. investors. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)
Greta Thunberg is the scheduled keynote speaker at a protest organized by Los Angeles youth who want California to put more restrictions on oil extraction, especially in densely populated urban neighborhoods. (Associated Press)

COAL:
Speakers at a committee meeting this week stressed the importance of partnering with the Navajo Nation in economic diversification efforts in the wake of the San Juan Generating Station closure. (Farmington Daily Times)
Arizona’s largest utility is looking for ways to raise customer rates, based partly on federal requirements to clean up the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant. (Phoenix Business Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: The U.S. House approved legislation to preserve roughly 400,000 acres of public lands for wilderness and recreation in Colorado, but faces a veto threat from the White House. (Colorado Independent)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E is pleading with customers frustrated by the utility’s planned power outages to not target front line employees. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California shop owners say they may have trouble keeping their businesses going if utility companies’ unpredictable power outages continue. (New York Times)
PG&E customers in a remote California county say ongoing planned power shutdowns could break them financially and are upset with the bankrupt utility and Gov. Gavin Newsom, who says “we are turning the corner.” (Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee)

TECHNOLOGY: Highlighting the collapse of Silicon Valley solar manufacturer Solyndra, a new analysis says embracing such failures will help fund climate-saving technology. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
A business columnist points out that some of the automakers backing President Trump’s fight against California emissions rules have the worst records on pollution. (Los Angeles Times)
A podcast discusses the Trump administration’s attacks on California’s cap-and-trade system and auto emissions standards and how the state is coping with its ongoing wildfires crisis. (Greentech Media)
A disaster preparedness official says there is a there’s an opportunity for California to lead the nation in building resilience to the climate crisis. (The Hill)

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