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Poll finds climate change among voters’ top issues

CLIMATE: A new poll finds that climate change is now a top issue for voters, but Democrats and Republicans are increasingly polarized on the subject. (The Atlantic)

ALSO: The USDA announces plans to help the agricultural sector cut carbon emissions while still increasing productivity. (The Hill)

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TRANSPORTATION: Chicago has made strides to become a more bike-friendly city, but bicycling remains unsafe and impractical in many minority neighborhoods, bicycle riders and advocates say. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• A new study says a Massachusetts law to encourage the use of clean energy technologies at times of peak demand may not be effective in lowering emissions. (Greentech Media)
• Federal regulators issue orders for the New York energy market that critics say will prop up fossil fuel generators at the expense of renewables. (Reuters)

WIND:
• New England utility Eversource tells analysts in an earnings call that it expects to have 1,714 MW of offshore wind operational by the end of 2024. (Platts)
Oklahoma regulators agree to a plan that allows a utility to recover costs of adding 675 MW of wind power with no rate increase for customers. (KFOR)

SOLAR: Iowa utilities, clean energy advocates and agriculture groups reach a compromise that maintains net metering and calls for a value of solar study in seven years or when solar hits 5% of the state’s energy mix. (The Courier)

COAL:
The CEO of an Indiana rural electric co-op says “coal is just too expensive right now to be a viable generating source.” (Indiana Public Media)
Major coal companies are hoarding cash in anticipation of a market recovery. (Bloomberg)
• U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) tells Wyoming legislators that carbon capture will be significant for the future. (Wyoming News Now)

OIL & GAS:
• FERC delays voting on the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas project in Oregon after the state rejects a key permit. (Associated Press)
Louisiana’s governor announces plans to address sea level rise by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, though he emphasized doing it in an industry-friendly way. (NOLA.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Oregon’s House passes a bill that will make it easier for utilities to recover costs for electric vehicle infrastructure. (Portland Business Journal)
• A rapid transition to electric cars and how it may affect supply chains “is going to be a really tough political issue” in Michigan, according to some experts. (Bridge)

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ACTIVISM:
As advocates have turned to the states to push climate action since the 2016 election, the oil industry has also stepped in. (The Atlantic)
Indigenous people say the Green New Deal and other climate efforts locally and nationally shut them out of discussions and policies to address the crisis. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY: A journalist writes that the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route runs through many news deserts, which has made it harder for citizens to take action or find information. (Columbia Journalism Review)

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