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New York sues Exxon Mobil for downplaying climate risks

OIL & GAS: New York’s attorney general sues Exxon Mobil, saying the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks of climate change. (New York Times)

In a major blow to conservationists, federal regulators approve a plan to drill the first oil wells off the coast of Alaska. (Associated Press)
• A science academy is using money from the BP oil spill settlement to provide climate change curriculum in Gulf Coast communities. (Scientific American)

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• A contentious U.S. House race in West Virginia has become a coal industry proxy war, pitting executives against mine workers. (The Intercept)
• Democratic candidates for governor and White House hopefuls are going all-in on clean energy, calling for a total phaseout of coal and oil. (Politico)
Pennsylvania is the nation’s third-largest carbon emitter, but the state’s gubernatorial candidates aren’t making climate change a priority. (WESA)

• Injury rates have more than doubled at five West Virginia coal mines acquired by Murray energy in 2013, according to federal data. (Reuters)
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hints there’s a plan to keep the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund from sliding further into debt. (WFPL)
• A Minnesota utility faces criticism from clean energy groups for its long-term integrated resource plan that doesn’t phase out a large coal plant in North Dakota. (Energy News Network)

• Duke Energy says it will extend water sample testing near last month’s coal ash spills “if data demonstrate it’s needed.” (Coastal Review Online)
• The top supervisor for a government contractor at the nation’s largest coal ash spill testifies he had no idea workers were told the toxic material was harmless. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

RENEWABLES: Environmental groups tell federal regulators that the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) is still essential to grow wind and solar projects, particularly in the Midwest and Southeast. (Utility Dive)

• In Arizona, battle lines are drawn between the state’s largest utility and clean energy advocates over a ballot measure to increase renewable energy use. (The New Yorker)
• Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen defends investments he made in a solar company after promoting solar-friendly policies. (Tennessean)
• Universities in six Midwest states receive federal grant funding for solar initiatives and boosting the solar workforce. (Utility Dive)

• NextEra says the price of wind power will continue to fall and will remain competitive even after federal tax credits fall off. (Utility Dive)
• With a federal tax credit set to expire next year, developers in California consider replacing aging wind turbines. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Oil companies seek to block utilities from investing ratepayer dollars into electric car charging stations. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s attorney general calls the Trump administration’s decision to freeze fuel economy standards “unlawful” as the state prepares to file its formal opposition to the plan. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A group of landowners whose property was taken through eminent domain for the Mountain Valley Pipeline appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Roanoke Times)

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EFFICIENCY: Ski resorts in Vermont are cutting emissions by switching from diesel-powered snow machines to electric versions. (NECN)

Pennsylvania lawmakers should act to keep the Three Mile Island nuclear plant open because its closure would devastate the local community, says a member of the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition. (Press & Journal)
A University of Michigan researcher says few wind-rich states in the Midwest and Great Plains are using climate policies to boost renewable energy growth. (The Conversation)

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