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Oil and gas industry lawyer says ‘ship has sailed’ on climate change  

OIL & GAS: “That ship has sailed:” An industry lawyer advises oil and gas executives in a closed-door meeting to accept that fossil fuels are a driving force behind climate change. (Washington Post)

• Fossil fuel lobbyists are giving millions of dollars to President Trump’s reelection campaign, according to campaign finance reports. (The Guardian)
A well driller will pay $100 million for coastal restoration under a potentially groundbreaking settlement, the first among oil and gas companies being sued by 12 coastal Louisiana parishes for environmental damages. (Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate) 

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• Why did Connecticut and Rhode Island regulators reach different conclusions on the need for two power plants just 20 miles apart? The answer has to do with capacity contracts. (Energy News Network)
A West Virginia University engineer wants to use artificial intelligence to prolong the lives of power plants. (Beckley Register-Herald)

• The first gas station in the U.S. to completely change over from petroleum products to electric vehicle charging opens in Maryland. (CNBC)
• Amazon’s 100,000 electric delivery vans will raise questions for local utilities depending on where and when they charge. (Greentech Media)
California regulators are skeptical about bankrupt utility PG&E’s proposal for a subscription-based electric vehicle charging rate, citing concerns about customer subsidization and utilization rates. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Miners laid off by bankrupt coal company Blackjewel end a two-month protest blocking a coal train in Kentucky, but they still want the back pay they’re owed. (Ohio Valley Resource)

• Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sues federal regulators who approved the sale of the closed Pilgrim nuclear power plant to a company that promises a speedy decommissioning. (Boston Globe)
• A House subcommittee passed a bill authorizing the Department of Energy to prepare Nevada’s Yucca Mountain to operate as a radioactive waste repository despite opposition. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates draw attention to energy efficiency potential at apartment buildings in Kansas City. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin regulators give final approval to a controversial power line while rebuffing conflict of interest charges from opponents. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES: Wisconsin lawmakers consider a proposal that makes it a felony to trespass or damage oil and gas pipelines, which critics say would violate free speech. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: A “major” gas leak this morning has forced evacuations in the same Massachusetts community where a person was killed in a series of natural gas explosions last year. (Boston Globe)

SOLAR: A California solar-storage developer launches a $100 million Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund focused on combining low-cost solar power-purchase agreements with energy storage. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS: Iowa farmers are “waiting with bated breath” as the Trump administration determines its next steps on biofuels policy, and warn of economic hardship without support for the ethanol industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Radio Iowa)

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• Protesters who shut down streets in Washington D.C. to bring attention to the climate crisis say they will again block traffic today. (Washington Post)
• Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg borrows Arnold Schwarzenegger’s electric car to attend a protest today in Montreal. (Newsweek)

A Pennsylvania Republican introduces legislation in Congress that would put a price on carbon and invest the revenue in infrastructure. (The Hill)
A survey of 1,033 swing state voters suggests the Green New Deal may not be the political liability some moderates thought it would be. (Vox)

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