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Oregon lawmakers flee state to avoid vote on climate bill

CLIMATE: Oregon’s governor dispatches state police to round up Republican senators who left the state to avoid voting on landmark cap-and-trade legislation. (The Oregonian)

ALSO:
Multiple states plan to sue over the Trump administration’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan. (Utility Dive)
A survey finds a majority of Americans think fossil fuel companies should pay for the damages caused by climate change. (Houston Chronicle)

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POWER PLANTS: Rhode Island regulators yesterday rejected a $1 billion natural gas plant first proposed four years ago, saying its power generation is not needed. (Providence Journal)

COAL: Coal mine safety regulators say existing safety regulations are sufficient to protect miners from toxic black lung disease, despite calls to make them more stringent. (NPR)

OIL & GAS:
The second fire in a month has broken out at a Philadelphia oil refinery that is a major gasoline supplier on the East Coast. (Bloomberg)
• A Wyoming oil refinery has agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a legal settlement over air quality violations. (Casper Star-Tribune)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners plans to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
Efforts to provide aid to Pennsylvania’s nuclear fleet are expected to fade in the current legislative session and be reintroduced in the fall. (Lehigh Valley Business)
The cost of power produced by a small modular nuclear reactor being backed by a consortium of Utah utilities would be more expensive than wind or solar energy, according to a new study commissioned by an environmental group. (Deseret News)

SOLAR:
A new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories can show utilities how solar panels on an individual property will interact with the grid over the course of a year. (news release)
• An Idaho company that is promoting solar roadways plans to expand production with an Ohio manufacturing facility. (Spokane Journal of Business)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont created its first electric vehicle incentive in a transportation bill that advocates call a modest start. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Colorado’s transportation chief says the state might be compelled to sue the Trump administration over its decision to freeze fuel economy standards. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
David Roberts analyzes why New York’s new climate legislation is “a very big deal.” (Vox)
A Midwest environmental advocate says the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement “reverses course, moves our nation backward and misses opportunities.” (The Hill)
The two solar companies that said they needed federal tariffs to survive have gone out of business. (Reason)

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