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In closing arguments, Exxon calls climate lawsuit a ‘cruel joke’

CLIMATE: Exxon’s lawyer decries New York’s climate lawsuit as a “cruel joke” as a judge will now decide whether the company misled investors about the threat of climate change. (Reuters)

• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, once a strident opponent of action on climate change, now supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. (Axios)
• Bill Weld, a Massachusetts Republican mounting a primary challenge to President Trump, has been vocal in supporting stronger action on climate change in order to connect with younger voters. (E&E News)

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PIPELINES: Four recent spills on the Keystone pipeline are raising questions about a special permit that allows operators to move oil at higher pressures. (Reuters)

A vice president at Dominion Energy talks about the utility’s plans to decarbonize and modernize the grid and lessons it has learned about renewables and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)
Virginia environmental justice groups protest Dominion Energy’s involvement in a NAACP conference because of the company’s efforts to build an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in a historic black community. (Richmond Free Press)

GRID: Illinois utility ComEd tests how blockchain software might help it manage an increasingly complex distribution grid that includes more solar and storage. (Energy News Network)

• General Motors sells an Ohio assembly plant to a start-up manufacturer of electric pickup trucks, which pledges to rehire GM workers at comparable wages. (Reuters)
• A shuttle fleet in California is demonstrating the longevity of Tesla’s electric cars, with some vehicles approaching 500,000 miles. (Quartz)
• The transit agency in Wichita, Kansas, will be the first in the state to experiment with electrified transportation when it starts operating four electric buses next month. (Energy News Network)
• A coalition of electric vehicle advocates in New Jersey hope to push through a state law promoting adoption during the lame duck session. (NJ Spotlight)

• A new Department of Energy report finds distributed solar arrays are getting more efficient. (Axios)
A new report finds that utility-scale solar installations are accelerating on tribal lands in the Southwest due in part to the emergence of battery-storage technology, policy changes, and falling prices. (T&D World)

The National Renewable Energy Lab is awarded $5.7 million in funding to develop floating offshore wind turbines. (Daily Energy Insider)
• North Dakota regulators expect wind turbine repowering to be the “new normal.” (Bismarck Tribune)

NATURAL GAS: Across the country, utilities are investing billions in new natural gas plants instead of renewables — and environmentalists and some states are fighting to stop them. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES: McDonald’s signs a power purchase agreement to buy solar and wind from Texas facilities to help power 2,500 of its restaurants. (Recharge News)

COAL ASH: Former President Barack Obama’s coal ash cleanup rules barely got off the ground since environmental groups challenged them for not going far enough, though some Southeast states have made strides in recent years. (Grist)

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BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says President Trump is willing to work through concerns about proposed changes to biofuel blending requirements. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• “While much work still needs to be done, climate coverage does seems to have turned a corner.” (Columbia Journalism Review)
A financial analyst says the falling cost of clean energy technology “augurs well for the prospect of cutting carbon emissions without painful economic consequences.” (Bloomberg)

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