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Northwest climate effort to move forward despite Trump order

CLIMATE: President Trump will sign an executive order today that rolls back Obama-era climate change initiatives, but it’s unlikely to restore coal mining jobs. (Washington Post, New York Times)

ALSO:
• Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy calls Trump’s order “dangerous” and “embarrassing to us and our businesses on a global scale.” (Mother Jones)
• Governors and mayors in the Northwest say they will move forward with regional climate change efforts, regardless of President Trump’s executive order. (Northwest Public Radio)

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COAL:
• The CEO of coal giant Murray Energy says he told President Trump to “temper” his expectations about restoring coal mining jobs, because “he can’t bring them back.” (The Guardian)
• A San Antonio utility says it will stick with plans to close a coal-fired power plant, regardless of whether the Trump administration scraps the Clean Power Plan. (San Antonio Business Journal)
Coal miners in Ohio are hopeful that President Trump will revive the industry, despite poor odds. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: The Dakota Access Pipeline is filled with oil and will soon be placed into service. (The Hill)

FRACKING: A company is continuing a fight to drill for natural gas on land it owns in Pennsylvania, despite having a federal lawsuit dismissed. (Associated Press)

BIOFUEL: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is raising ethical questions by working for the Trump administration to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, while also being the majority investor in a Texas-based oil refining company. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES:
• Clean energy employs more people than fossil fuels in 41 states, according to a Sierra Club analysis, making it “clear that Donald Trump is attacking clean energy jobs purely in order to boost the profits of fossil fuel billionaires.” (ThinkProgress)
• Lawmakers in Nebraska are expressing a growing interest in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which provides long-term financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
Solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland, Ohio area last year, while coal employment falls in the state. (Midwest Energy News)
• A net-metering bill that could help restore the rooftop solar industry in Nevada has its first hearing in a state Assembly subcommittee. (Review-Journal)
How Florida solar advocates defeated a misleading anti-solar amendment last Fall. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Ikea is building the largest rooftop solar array in Illinois, with a capacity of 2.91 megawatts. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Unless North Carolina enacts aggressive renewable energy goals, the state’s first offshore wind farm is still a decade or more away despite a lease auction earlier this month. (Southeast Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: Federal energy efficiency programs helped commercial buildings in Los Angeles save up to 30 percent on energy, representing about 145,000 metric tons in carbon dioxide emissions a year, according to a recent study. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind energy is good for the U.S. economy and will employ nearly 250,000 people by 2020, says the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. (The Hill)
• President Trump can’t help the coal industry because it’s facing an economic problem, not a regulatory one, according to an editorial in the Boston Globe.
• The co-founder of Sunrun gives advice to the U.S. solar industry. (Greentech Media)
• Can innovation save nuclear power? (Vox)

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