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Report: Trump plan to prop up coal jobs would cost lives

COAL: A policy drafted by the Trump administration would save coal jobs but cost lives — about one death from increased pollution for every 4.5 jobs supported, according to an nonprofit research group. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: As a utility in Appalachian coal country seeks to add more renewable energy, the long-term decline of the industry that once made the region prosperous is a complicating factor. (Energy News Network)

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• The Trump administration wants to boost offshore wind development by streamlining permitting and carving out vast areas for leasing. (Reuters)
• New York state will lead a research and development hub aiming to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy in the United States. (Greentech Media)

• Voters in Arizona and Portland, Oregon, appear likely to see clean energy initiatives on the ballot in November. (Arizona Republic, Portland Tribune)
• A California health care organization makes significant strides toward meeting its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020. (Green Biz)
• Georgetown, Texas is now the first city in Texas to run completely on renewable energy. (Spectrum News)

Lawmakers and the biofuels industry welcome news of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. (Axios, Radio Iowa)
• Observers say Pruitt’s replacement, former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, will likely continue a similar policy agenda. (Utility Dive)
• The White House taps former solar lobbyist Cathy Tripodi as acting head of the Department of Energy’s renewable and efficiency branch. (E&E News)

• The Virginia Supreme Court upholds a controversial state law that allows natural gas companies to enter private property without landowner permission to survey potential pipeline routes. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The death of a Texas drilling worker a decade ago helped shape shale drilling regulation, but little is still known about how the industry affects human health or is regulated. (E&E News)
• New Mexico overtakes Alaska and California to become the third largest oil-producing state in the nation. (Albuquerque Journal)

• Massachusetts might be on the verge of becoming the second state to introduce a carbon pricing program aimed at the transportation sector. (Energy News Network)
• Virginia emerges as the next battleground after California for tougher fuel efficiency rules. (E&E News, subscription)

• The head of New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities threatens to pull the state out of the PJM Interconnection over a lack of coordination with member states. (E&E News, subscription)
• Maine will decide whether a slice of its forestland should be strong with wires to support Massachusetts’ growing electricity need. (Wall Street Journal)
• A heat wave gripping most of Southern California is testing the state’s electric grid. (San Diego Union Tribune)

SOLAR: Solar cell-infused glass could someday help smartphone batteries run longer or allow skylines to double as solar power plants. (Discover)

TECHNOLOGY: Oregon State University buys five acres of coastal land to build a test facility for converting ocean wave energy to electricity. (KVAL)

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CLIMATE: The plaintiffs in a Colorado climate change lawsuit against the nation’s top oil companies remain hopeful they can win even after a federal judge recently dismissed a similar case in California. (Vox)

• The EPA’s plan to repeal rules that protect people who live near refineries could have devastating consequences for Utah’s “refinery row,” says an advisor to Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. (Deseret News)

Clarification: Ohio officials recommended approval for the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes, but only if it meets several conditions first. An item in Thursday’s newsletter was unclear.

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