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Investigation casts doubt on carbon offset benefits

CARBON: An investigation reveals mounting evidence that carbon offsets haven’t — and won’t — deliver the climate benefits they promise. (ProPublica)

ALSO:
Representatives from more than 70 companies ask U.S. lawmakers to support a carbon tax proposal that could be introduced in weeks. (Reuters)
Amazon says its shareholders have rejected an employee-backed initiative requiring the company to report to the public on its plans to cut its carbon footprint. (New York Times)

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SOLAR:
• Women are underrepresented in solar jobs but succeeding in multiple roles despite often lacking engineering and construction experience. (Energy News Network)
• The Connecticut Green Bank is successfully helping to boost solar power adoption in communities of color, according to a report. (Solar Builder)
The Denver Housing Authority wins the top prize in a federal competition for its efforts to build a community solar garden to serve low-income residents. (The Denver Channel)

WIND:
• The U.S. wind industry is embracing solar, adding in-house solar teams and expanding an annual conference to include solar and storage. (Greentech Media)
• Wind energy executives say the fossil fuel industry is ramping up its efforts to “hobble the wind industry.” (Windpower Monthly)
• A wind turbine collapses at an Oklahoma wind farm. (Enid News & Eagle)

POLICY:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will allow a bill requiring 50% renewable energy by 2030 to become law without his signature. (Washington Post)
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer writes to New York state lawmakers in support of legislation to make the state free of fossil fuels by 2050. (Times Union)
Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine introduces legislation to provide $60 million annually to research storage technologies. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION:
Most states are missing opportunities to jumpstart transportation electrification using Volkswagen settlement funds, according to a report from two advocacy groups. (Energy News Network)
Rhode Island may join the multi-state Transportation Climate Initiative, which is devising a way to set and sell emissions credits for vehicles. (ecoRI)

MICROGRIDS: Clean energy advocates urge ComEd to use renewables as the utility scales up a microgrid project in Chicago. (Energy News Network)

POLICY: FERC is quietly and profoundly shaping climate policy, and could do even more, according to a paper by one of its commissioners. (Vox)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups and protestors file a lawsuit challenging a Louisiana law that makes trespassing near pipelines a criminal offense. (Reuters)
Author and activist Bill McKibben joins the fight against building a tunnel for an Enbridge pipeline in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

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COAL:
At a Southern coal conference, an Energy Department representative blamed “censorship” and environmental activism for coal’s decline. (InsideClimate News)
A federal report that claims resuming sales of coal from public lands will have a negligible impact on climate change is criticized as “absurd.” (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: We have all the technology and solutions we need to decarbonize our electric system today, says the co-founder of solar company Sunrun. (The Hill)

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