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Green New Deal makes high-speed rail a priority

TRANSPORTATION: The Green New Deal aspires to build out high-speed rail, which could drastically reduce emissions compared to air travel. (Vox)

• The Green New Deal is fueling intense debate about the future of cars, trucks, planes, boats and other modes of transportation. (E&E News, subscription)
Transportation policy that prioritizes cars will make it much more difficult for Rhode Island to achieve its climate goals. (EcoRI)

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• TransCanada says its Keystone pipeline was likely the source of an oil spill in Missouri last week that prompted it to shut down part of the line. (Bloomberg)
• Virginia water regulators may soon decide whether to revoke a permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which could impede the project. (Roanoke Times)
Pennsylvania halts all construction permits for pipeline developer Energy Transfer LP, with Gov. Tom Wolf saying the company has failed “to respect our laws and communities.” (Associated Press)

• Minnesota emergency managers worry about an increase in oil shipments by rail as Canadian supply exceeds pipeline capacity. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin touts coal and a potential natural gas storage hub while also saying he wants to address climate change. (WV Metro News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The director of Colorado’s energy office says the state could be reaching a major tipping point on electric vehicles. (Denver Post)

• Demand for wind turbine technicians will more than double by 2026, making it the fastest-growing job in Texas, government data projects. (Houston Chronicle)
• Eversource Energy announces a $225 million joint venture with a Danish company to develop offshore wind in New England. (New Haven Register)
• The North Dakota Senate approves a bill that would shift wind energy tax revenue from counties to the state general fund. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act provides funding for solar jobs training at community colleges and in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)
• Environmental groups support Wisconsin utilities’ solar plans but regulators and ratepayer advocates are skeptical of the payoff. (Wisconsin State Journal)

EFFICIENCY: House Democrats plan to scrutinize delays within the Department of Energy’s weatherization program at a hearing this week. (E&E News)

• Exelon’s CEO says Pennsylvania lawmakers need to approve subsidies before May in order to keep the Three Mile Island nuclear plant open. (RTO Insider)
• An independent economist questions whether New Jersey needs to subsidize its nuclear plants to keep them open. (NJ Spotlight)

• In the shadow of some of America’s most controversial coal mines, isolated Appalachian communities say their water has been poisoned. (BBC News)
• Activists and lawmakers float the idea of a universal basic income to help Appalachia move past a coal-reliant economy. (100 Days in Appalachia)

CARBON: A new economic report finds Oregon’s proposed cap-and-trade plan would create thousands of jobs while only modestly increasing energy prices, an estimate disputed by some of the state’s natural gas utilities. (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Bend Bulletin)

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POLITICS: Several members of the Senate energy and environment committees collectively own millions of dollars worth of stock in fossil fuel companies. (Sludge)

• The continued exponential growth of solar is not a given and will continue to largely depend on decisions by governments, an analyst says. (International Energy Agency)
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is getting a much-needed second look by regulators, an editorial board says. (Fayetteville News Observer)

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