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Report: Rollback of auto emissions rules won’t derail EV growth

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Weakening federal fuel efficiency standards is unlikely to slow progress on electric vehicles, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• Amid production problems and staff departures, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tells employees the company will undergo a “thorough reorganization.” (Reuters)

SOLAR: A law requiring solar panels on new homes in California could lower residential solar prices to as little as $1 per watt by decreasing soft costs. (PV Magazine)

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INNOVATION: The founder of a St. Louis startup developing a small, rooftop wind turbine is among the entrepreneurs chosen for an Argonne National Laboratory energy innovation program. (Midwest Energy News)

EMISSIONS: Apple partners with the Canadian government to fund technology to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the aluminum-making process, which accounts for about 1 percent of global emissions. (Washington Post)

POLLUTION:
• Children whose mothers were exposed to air pollution during the third trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have elevated blood pressure, according to a recent study. (The Hill)
• California air regulators plan to spend $423 million of its Volkswagen money to incentivize major polluters to upgrade transportation fleets and buy cleaner vehicles. (Sacramento Bee)

OIL & GAS: More than 100 organizations and indigenous representatives write letters opposing oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (ThinkProgress)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear energy and natural gas must be part of the mix if the country wants to move toward a low-carbon economy, said former Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz at a Utah energy summit. (Deseret News)   

EPA: A Trump administration official requested 24-hour security detail for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for “at least” his first week of work, according to internal emails. (The Hill)

GRID: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry calls for a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to protect vulnerable power grids. (Washington Examiner)

UTILITIES: While many utilities deploy battery energy storage, Dominion Energy’s long-term plan for Virginia and North Carolina instead calls for more gas peaker plants. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
More than a third of millennial Republicans agree global warming is primarily caused by humans, compared to 18 percent of older generations, according to a new survey. (The Atlantic)
• How a female scientist from Connecticut never received credit for proving the greenhouse gas effect 162 years ago. (Quartz)
• Oil companies are mentioning the phrase “climate change” less in their social responsibility reports, according to a recent study. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
• A Harvard researcher warns that more than 10,000 natural gas storage wells in 32 states are at risk of a major blowout like the one that occurred at Aliso Canyon in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)
• The conservative publication The Weekly Standard calls on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign over his ethics scandals.

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