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CLIMATE: “People completely underestimate the scale of the challenge”: recent studies show a vast deployment of clean energy will be needed to hit state and regional emissions targets by midcentury — but the transition is also economically and technologically feasible. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• President Trump’s 2021 budget proposes eliminating funding for regional centers to research climate adaptation. (The Hill)
• A new study finds global methane emissions from the oil and gas industry have been vastly underestimated. (The Guardian)
• Democratic presidential candidates describe executive actions they plan to take to address climate change if elected. (Vox)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota regulators approve a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline that would double the line’s capacity. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says North Dakota’s Public Service Commission “failed to do its job” by approving the pipeline expansion. (KXMB-TV)
• Amid protests by tribal members, the South Dakota House passes a “riot boosting” bill that broadens criminal liability for demonstrations. (Argus Leader)

OIL & GAS: Oregon denies a key permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas project, saying it would have significant adverse effects on the state’s coastal economy. (The Oregonian)

EMISSIONS: New Jersey is leading a coalition of five Northeast states in a lawsuit claiming the EPA has failed to enforce regulations against pollution drifting in from Midwest states. (NJBiz)

SOLAR: A Florida House committee approves a measure that allow utilities to save millions by delaying when they start paying taxes on solar energy projects under construction. (Tampa Bay Times)

WIND:
A planned recycling facility in Iowa would slice wind turbine blades into pellets that could be molded into a wide range of products. (Energy News Network)
• A report says Massachusetts utilities are concerned about whether the winning bidder of the state’s second offshore wind procurement can overcome potential project delays and complete it by 2025 as required. (CommonWealth Magazine)
Developers say areas off California’s Central Coast deemed compatible with U.S. military operations wouldn’t have enough space to create a viable offshore wind market. (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH:
The EPA proposes a plan that would require federal permits for coal ash disposal in states that lack their own permitting programs. (Bloomberg)
The EPA also proposes weakening Obama-era rules designed to prevent the spread of arsenic from coal ash sites. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS: Oregon denies a key permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas project, saying it would have significant adverse effects on the state’s coastal economy. (The Oregonian)

BIOFUELS:
• The Trump administration announces a goal for biofuels to make up 30% of U.S. transportation fuels by 2050 through “market-driven” increases in blend rates. (Reuters)
• Oil companies are gauging driver interest in higher ethanol blend gasoline in Iowa to take advantage of cheap biofuel prices. (Bloomberg)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Arizona’s governor is expected to sign a bill barring cities from imposing natural gas bans in new buildings. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: There are still a lot of unanswered questions about Jeff Bezos’ announcement to spend $10 billion fighting climate change. (Vox)

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