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OIL & GAS: Oil industry groups and a conservative policy group ran a stealth campaign to roll back car emissions standards, an investigation finds. (New York Times)

ALSO: Surging U.S. oil production is contributing to a rise in global greenhouse gas levels, though how much is a matter of debate. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• The Trump administration’s tariffs continue to depress utility-scale solar projects, which hit a three-year low last quarter, according to an industry report. (Greentech Media)   
• Some economists say California’s new rooftop solar mandate isn’t a cost-effective way to curb greenhouse gas emissions. (Scientific American)
• Fairfax County, Virginia officials seek to remove legal barriers that prevent them from installing solar projects on landfills. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
Dominion Energy lashes out at environmental groups for linking its rejected long-term energy plan with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Energy News Network)
• Opponents of the Line 3 pipeline replacement project in northern Minnesota shift their focus to the state Court of Appeals. (Associated Press)

COAL:
Four states argue in court that coal sales on federal lands shortchange taxpayers and put the climate and public health at risk. (Associated Press)
A Kentucky doctor helped draw attention to the increasing number of black lung disease cases among younger miners in Appalachia. (The Guardian)
Some Pennsylvania residents say a reopened coal mine is proof that President Trump’s anti-regulation policies are reviving the industry. (Keystone Crossroads)

COAL ASH:
Testing reveals that coal ash is contaminating groundwater near a TVA plant in Tennessee. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Scientists study the effects of coal ash on children living near a coal-fired power plant in Louisville, Kentucky. (LEO)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Southern Company executive says the grid is prepared for the influx of electric vehicles expected by 2050. (Utility Dive)

MICROGRIDS: More frequent extreme weather in the Midwest due to climate change improves the resiliency case for microgrids. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Concerns from fisherman are threatening to derail a $2 billion wind farm planned off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (Boston Globe)

BIOFUELS: Industry advocates defend the Renewable Fuel Standard during a House Energy Committee hearing on legislation that would sunset the policy. (Radio Iowa)

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CLIMATE: U.S. state and local officials say they remain committed to reduce carbon emissions despite the Trump administration’s efforts to promote fossil fuels at a global climate conference in Poland. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• David Roberts explains why California’s cap and trade system isn’t working and how the state’s oil and gas industry has a lot to do with it. (Vox)
The governors of Maryland and Virginia say their states are committed to fighting climate change through the expansion of clean energy and reduction of fossil fuel emissions, and other states should do the same. (The Herald News)
• The Rocky Mountain Institute says Xcel Energy’s pledge to be carbon-free by 2050 is proof utilities are realizing that replacing coal with lower cost renewables will benefit customers and make systems more resilient. (Green Biz)

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