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Oregon lawmakers under pressure to deliver on climate

CLIMATE: The advance of clean energy ballot measures puts new pressure on Oregon lawmakers to deliver a carbon emissions reduction plan. (Statesman Journal)

ALSO:
Hundreds of Amazon employees risk their jobs to publicly criticize the company’s record on climate change. (Associated Press)
Microsoft’s pledge to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 is complicated by the carbon footprint of its gaming consoles. (Grist)
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tries to balance calling for action on climate change with supporting the state’s fossil fuel industry. (Associated Press)

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CALIFORNIA:
A federal judge says future bonuses and incentives for PG&E executives and managers could be linked to meeting wildfire safety requirements. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California’s Senate could vote as early as today on a bill meant to make PG&E financially liable for the utility’s planned power shutoffs. (KFBK) 

PERMIAN BASIN: A group of Permian Basin landowners in Texas are suing FERC over a natural gas pipeline they say ignored federal environmental law. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIFICATION: California energy regulators approve a request from the City of Davis that all new homes in the city be wired for all-electric appliances. (Sacramento Business Journal)

GRID: Some Oregon solar customers are being told they can’t connect to the grid without expensive upgrades because utility-scale projects have used all available capacity. (OPB)

NUCLEAR: Initial work to dismantle Southern California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant is set to begin no earlier than February 22 and is expected to take eight years. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

UTILITIES: Oxnard, California’s city manager reaches an agreement with GenOn Energy to dismantle the Ormond Beach Power Plant and remediate the area’s soil and water. (Tri County Sentry)

BIOFUELS: Experts say biomethane from cow manure could be lucrative for large dairy farmers, citing California and Oregon’s carbon credit systems. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
Oil and gas revenue could fund environmental restoration projects in New Mexico under proposed legislation. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
The Jordan Cove liquified gas project in Oregon withdrew its application for a “removal-fill” permit for dredging in Coos Bay, effective Friday. (OPB)

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PUBLIC LANDS: A wildlife advocate says efforts to open up federal lands for public access in Western states must consider the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental protections against oil and gas development. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
A California editorial board says it won’t be easy for Gov. Gavin Newsom to balance the needs of PG&E wildfire victims with the state’s. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Utah conservationist says water conservation efforts in Washington County will end if the Lake Powell Pipeline is approved. (Salt Lake Tribune)
The Permian Basin Association of Pipeliners says safety takes precedence in planning all pipeline projects. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

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