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Oil boom complicates New Mexico’s climate aspirations

CLIMATE: New Mexico activists are questioning Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s commitment to reducing the state’s carbon emissions 45% by 2030 given the ongoing Permian Basin oil and gas boom. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

ALSO: A Republican Utah congressman has started holding climate chats on Twitter, and says he believes common ground can be found on environmental policy. (E&E News)

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HYDROPOWER: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is supporting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River to increase endangered salmon runs. (Associated Press)

Experts say turning PG&E into a public utility wouldn’t necessarily make power cheaper and safer. (Los Angeles Times)
Some California wildfire victims are critical of the $13.5 billion PG&E bankruptcy settlement and are calling for a better deal. (San Francisco Chronicle)

POLLUTION: Utah lawmakers have come up with 21 legislative proposals in a bid to tackle the state’s pollution problems. (Deseret News)

OIL & GAS: An Oregon landfill accepted two million pounds of radioactive fracking waste from North Dakota in 2016, 2017, and 2019 in violation of state regulations. (Oregonian)

COAL: Montana lawmakers and consumers are calling for more details on NorthWestern Energy’s plan to buy more of the Colstrip Power Plant. (Billings Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY: New Mexico bills that would expand power line infrastructure and reinstate a solar tax credit that expired in 2016 passed the state senate’s finance committee. (New Mexico Political Report)

SOLAR: A report suggests California homebuilders tried to avoid the state’s new requirement that all new homes be solar-powered by rushing to take out new building permits towards the end of 2019. (East Bay Times)

Arizona Public Service has partnered with a national clean energy business group to get help with reaching the utility’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. (Utility Dive)
Pacific Power has asked Oregon energy regulators for a 2021 rate increase, but says renewable energy sources cut the potential rise considerably. (KTVZ)
• A Pueblo, Colorado advocacy group filed a lawsuit questioning the transparency of a ballot question regarding the public takeover of Black Hills Energy. (KOAA)

OVERSIGHT: A proposal aiming to streamline New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission and make it more efficient passed the House floor last night. (New Mexico Political Report)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A bill aiming to designate the electricity produced by Marion County, Oregon’s garbage incinerator as a form of renewable energy has stalled in the state legislature. (Statesman Journal)

David Roberts says renewable natural gas is worth pursuing, but not as an alternative to electrification. (Vox)
Gov. Jared Polis says a state-level cap-and-trade policy would be “unworkable” in Colorado. (Pueblo Chieftain)
Former governor of Colorado Bill Ritter and Tri-State’s CEO say the electricity cooperative’s Responsible Energy Plan is a bold step in transitioning to a new energy economy. (Denver Post)
Huron, California’s mayor says renewable energy projects can improve the San Joaquin Valley’s environment and economy. (Fresno Bee)

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