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Oregon legislators release sweeping plan to fight climate change

CLIMATE: Oregon lawmakers unveil their plan to use a cap and trade system to sharply curb the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

SOLAR:
• A developer has proposed building a utility-scale solar farm next to a Wyoming coal-fired power plant that closed one of its units this week rather than pay for environmental upgrades. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Legislation is introduced in Idaho prohibiting homeowners associations from banning rooftop solar panels. (Idaho Press)

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RENEWABLES: New Mexico would channel $50 million from state investments to solar and wind energy development under a new legislative proposal. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Washington may soon join other states in the Northwest adopting a climate-friendly fuel blend mandate and creating a competitive regional biofuels market. (InvestigateWest)

NUCLEAR: A federal judge has denied Nevada’s request for a temporary restraining order in hopes of preventing future shipments of plutonium to the state. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• The five-week government shutdown could delay plans to drill in a national wildlife refuge in Alaska this winter. (Anchorage Daily News)
• A U.S. Senator from Nevada files a bill prohibiting federal land managers from selling oil and gas leases on 450,000 acres of national forestland in the northeastern part of the state. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
• Despite strong objections from local community members, a liquefied natural gas facility remains under construction in Tacoma, Washington. (Crosscut)

TRANSPORTATION: Air pollution from cars continues to increase in California, a reality that doesn’t bode well for other sprawling U.S. cities. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• Arizona’s largest utility is planning an $80 million rate reduction as a result of low natural gas prices. (Arizona Republic)
• A local government-run power agency launches service this month for 29 cities in southern California. (Los Angeles Times)

PUBLIC LANDS:
• The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has concluded the Trump administration did not give preferential treatment to a former Utah representative when it shrunk a national monument. (Huffington Post)
• A new poll shows that 65 percent of Colorado residents want Congress to prioritize the protection of the environment and wildlife on public lands while 24 percent say priority should be given to energy development. (Denver Post)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle ownership grew 80 percent in Nevada in 2018, according to a new study. (KTVN)

COMMENTARY: It’s understandable why Nevada’s governor is angry about the revelation the federal government has already shipped plutonium to the state, but some perspective is needed, says the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

 

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