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Report details major economic damage from climate change

CLIMATE: The latest National Climate Assessment shows major economic impacts in the coming decades without policy action on climate change. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Midwest farmers in particular are expected to face economic challenges from climate change, the report finds. (Chicago Tribune)
• Maine lawmakers say they won’t let the report released on the Friday after Thanksgiving “fall into the abyss.” (Portland Press Herald)
• A Pennsylvania Senate committee will meet this week to discuss local and state efforts to address climate change. (Tribune-Review)

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POLICY: A U.S. Senate subcommittee will consider a series of energy bills before the end of this Congress. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: The head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management provides more detail on an ambiguous map the agency released for potential offshore wind sites off the coast of New York and New Jersey. (SouthCoastToday)

TRANSPORTATION: A company is working on projects that capture methane from farms for energy to use as carbon offsets with airlines. (Mother Jones)

GRID: A planned superconductor project in Chicago is meant to boost grid reliability and improve transmission efficiency. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• SCANA agrees to a $2 billion settlement with South Carolina customers it charged for a failed nuclear plant, but it hinges on a judge’s ruling and state regulators’ decision to let Dominion purchase SCANA. (The State)
• An Oregon company is in a global race to develop the nation’s first small-scale nuclear reactor and several Utah cities are signed up to be customers. (Deseret News)

PIPELINES: A year after the Keystone pipeline leaked in South Dakota, a final federal investigation report has not been released. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA reportedly plans to lower federal biofuel blending requirements, setting up another battle between corn growers and the oil industry. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS:
• A U.S. Senate committee will hold a hearing in Massachusetts today to review the response to a series of natural gas explosions outside Boston in September. (Associated Press)
• NASA raises concerns about the Trump administration’s plan to allow oil and gas development off the coast of Alaska where rockets sometimes land after being launched from the space agency’s base in Fairbanks. (Fairbanks Daily News Miner)
• The U.S. oil boom in Texas that will extend to 2019 presents a challenge for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ fuel prices. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES:
• Advocates hope Minnesota and Maine consider stronger renewable energy policies following statewide gains by Democrats in this year’s election. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Portland Press Herald)
• A Montana environmental group is suing the state’s largest utility and members of the Public Service Commission over their failure to develop clean energy projects as spelled out by law. (Billings Gazette)

BIOMASS: Stakeholders consider how New York’s 4,300 dairy farms can increase their use of anaerobic digesters. (Lancaster Farming)

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SOLAR: Virginia regulators say Dominion customers could pay millions a year for two solar farms that will power Facebook’s data centers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Vox’s David Roberts says new research shows the cost of solar panels has declined significantly due to “smart public policy.” (Vox)
• Having an ocean view “disrupted” by wind turbines is a miniscule price to pay when weighed against the benefits of stopping or at least slowing the devastating, worldwide effects of climate change, say the editorial board of five California newspapers. (McClatchy)

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