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Oregon’s governor seeks to prevent drilling off the state’s coast

OIL AND GAS:
• Oregon’s governor says she will issue an executive order “permanently banning” offshore oil and gas development. (OPB News)

ALSO:
• New documents reveal how a 2017 natural gas explosion in Colorado could have been deadly and illustrates some of the dangers faced by people who live near oil and gas wells. (High Country News)
• The comment period opens on a planned oil and gas lease auction of thousands of acres near a pueblo-rich area of New Mexico that is sacred to area tribes. (Public News Service)
• A Colorado ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks exposes political fissures in a state with an economy that depends on oil but a lifestyle that hinges on public access to pristine lands. (New York Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California-based electric car maker that once had ambitions to rival Tesla plans to cut 20 percent of its workforce as it searches for new investors. (Reuters)

COAL: The Wyoming coal industry faces challenges in its quest to court Japanese customers. (Gillette News Record)

SOLAR: A Colorado company that makes solar energy equipment is partnering with Google and Stanford University to make “smarter” energy systems. (Boulder Daily Camera)

POLITICS:
• The Arizona attorney general threatens to sue the group behind a clean energy initiative for taking out ads he says are “false and malicious.” (Arizona Republic)
• Polls show a campaign to repeal a California gas tax is running on fumes. (Los Angeles Times)

POLLUTION: Federal environmental regulators have rejected Wyoming’s attempt to accommodate more oil and gas growth by increasing pollution limits on a 20-mile stream. (Casper Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: County officials in Oregon are trying to stop a local electric utility from charging and collecting an opt out fee for a new smart meter program. (KOBI)

COMMENTARY:
• The National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado is critical in helping America maintain its position as an international leader in energy production, say the leaders of two conservative non-profits focused on energy and the environment. (Denver Post)
• Automakers could avoid the regulatory uncertainty they now face over the Trump administration’s decision to roll back fuel efficiency standards by seeking compromises with California and other states suing over the move, says a former EPA official. (Forbes)
• Nevada residents should vote for a ballot measure that would require the state to get 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 because doing so will improve air quality and create jobs, says an analyst for a science advocacy group. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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