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Judge blasts New York’s climate case against Exxon as “hyperbolic”

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CLIMATE: A New York judge rules that Exxon did not defraud shareholders by minimizing the risks of climate change, as the state alleged in a civil suit. (New York Times)

Massachusetts officials say their similar suit may avoid the same fate because it adds a consumer fraud component to the complaint. (E&E News, subscription)
• The largest-ever all-women delegation to Antarctica concludes after three weeks of training, reflection, and conversation about climate change and other environmental threats. (Energy News Network)
• A growing coalition of leaders at the city, state and business levels remain committed to reducing carbon emissions despite President Trump’s announcement that the country will quit the Paris Agreement. (NBC News)

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OFFSHORE WIND: Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposes a “Blue New Deal” that includes support for offshore wind, wave energy and biofuels made from algae. (Greentech Media)

• Washington D.C.-based startup Arcadia eyes a bigger role as a “community solar manager” as it plans to expand in several states. (Greentech Media)
• South Carolina utility regulators face possible backlash from state lawmakers after a recent decision to slash the rates utilities pay for solar power. (The State)
• An Indianapolis program will provide up to 20 low- and middle-income households with solar panels free of charge, a first-of-its-kind program in the Midwest. (Indianapolis Star)

RENEWABLES: After a devastating tornado, a small town in Kansas rebuilds with renewable energy and help from the Department of Energy. (Utility Dive)

A new study finds black and low-income people face the highest risk of death from fine particle pollution from power plants. (Energy News Network)
Los Angeles officials reveal plans to transition a Utah natural gas plant to run on 100% renewable hydrogen by 2045. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL: Cutting the tax coal companies pay to fund a trust for miners dying of black lung disease will cost taxpayers at least $15 billion by 2050, according to a new report from a national watchdog group. (Associated Press)

The Tennessee Valley Authority announces plans to build a new coal ash dump at its Cumberland coal plant as it continues to investigate whether the current system is threatening water sources. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
TVA begins removing asbestos-contaminated material unearthed during construction of another coal ash dump near its Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. (Associated Press)

• An internal watchdog says an Interior Department official broke a federal ethics rule by meeting with his former employer, a Texas foundation whose mission includes explaining the “moral case for fossil fuels.” (The New York Times)
• A tanker docked at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island liquefied natural gas export terminal in Georgia could be the facility’s first export shipment. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas is on track to complete fewer oil and gas wells this year as companies tighten spending, according to a state regulator. (Reuters)

• Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s past work with McKinsey & Co. included work on an influential energy efficiency report. (Utility Dive)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signs a law requiring stricter efficiency standards for large commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet. (WHYY)
The city of Detroit will receive $4 million as part of a settlement in a case against a California company’s faulty LED streetlights. (Detroit News)

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GEOTHERMAL: The University of Texas at Austin will use a $1 million Department of Energy grant to launch a hub for geothermal energy. (Houston Chronicle)

• An ocean wildlife advocate says recreational anglers should support clean energy because burning of fossil fuels is harming fishing via acidification, mercury pollution, and power plant cooling intakes. (Star-Ledger)
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski explains why she asked Congress to support a 100 percent clean economy for all Americans. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• The CEO of a group representing travel plazas and truck stops says Congress should renew a federal biodiesel tax credit that lapsed in 2018. (Detroit News)

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