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Perry says he’s not resigning as reports tie him to Trump-Ukraine call

POLITICS: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says, contrary to news reports, he is not resigning, and he disputed reports linking him to President Trump’s Ukraine dealings and impeachment inquiry. (Greentech Media, Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• A study says New England’s low carbon energy deployment falls short of the region’s shared climate goals to cut emissions 80% by 2050. (E&E News)
• A federal appeals court refuses to delay a Rhode Island climate lawsuit against major oil companies from proceeding in state court. (Bloomberg)
A new report says California “has some hard truths to face” about meeting its climate goals, including dramatically reducing driving. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

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PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a group of Virginia landowners whose property was taken by eminent domain for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline workers are caught transporting thousands of gallons of water to seed grass on work sites in violation of a drought-related state of emergency in West Virginia. (WOAY)
• Climate activist Greta Thunberg says the Keystone XL pipeline is “not morally defensible” at a rally in Rapid City, South Dakota. (Associated Press) 

COAL:
• A new court document filed over the weekend reveals bankrupt Wyoming coal operator Blackjewel has been investigated for potential fraud by the federal government since before filing for insolvency. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A West Virginia researcher says the state’s coal mines could be a source of rare earth elements for use in clean energy and electronics. (The Journal)
• Residents of a coal town in Virginia look for ways for the area to reinvent itself as the coal industry collapses. (KXLH)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A recent ruling by Iowa regulators that selling electricity at an electric vehicle charging station does not constitute a public utility could remove a significant barrier for station owners. (Energy News Network)
An advocacy group representing the coal industry in North Dakota emerges as a strong supporter of electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: A campaign by Washington D.C.’s Metro promotes public transit’s benefits for reducing carbon emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES:
The amount of voluntary renewable energy purchases has nearly tripled since 2010, according to new U.S. Department of Energy data. (Axios)
• A solar CEO says the U.S. power system is “uniquely screwed up,” from siloed regional electric grids to dysfunctional politics. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a case in which a California utility sought to raise rates to cover costs for wildfire settlements. (Bloomberg)

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BIOFUELS: Uncertainty over federal biofuel policy could be a contributing factor to some Midwest farmers’ leaving the industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Tribal nations and marginalized communities are leading the fight to stave off pipeline projects, and it’s time to start listening, a writer says. (New Republic)
The campaign to support nuclear and coal subsidies in Ohio is part of a broader trend of utilities seeking ratepayer support for outdated energy sources, advocates say. (Environmental Working Group)
• An energy consultant says charging companies have a lot of work to do to attract next-generation urban battery electric vehicle consumers. (Utility Dive)

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