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Senate Democrats prepared to fight Trump’s EPA pick

POLITICS: Senate Democrats are ready to fight Donald Trump’s pick for EPA administrator, calling the decision “a full-fledged environmental emergency.” (CNN/Huffington Post)

ALSO:
• A look at Donald Trump’s growing team of climate deniers. (Grist)
• Republican leaders and fossil fuel industry executives lay out an agenda to roll back environmental regulations and increase fossil fuel production, saying “we’re winning this thing, very clearly.” (ThinkProgress)
• Experts say Donald Trump’s pick for EPA chief will have little effect on reviving the coal industry. (New York Times)

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REGULATION: A former climate adviser to President Obama explains how EPA regulations could be dismantled during Donald Trump’s presidency. (Vox)

POLICY: Congress won’t pass an energy reform bill this year because legislators couldn’t agree on “various outstanding issues in time.” (The Hill)

CLIMATE:
• Actor and climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio gives a presentation to Donald Trump about how clean energy can create millions of jobs. (Associated Press)
• A small village in New York becomes the first community in the U.S. to divest its pension fund from all fossil fuel holdings. (New York Times)
• The city of Boulder, Colorado, adopts new “climate commitment” goals, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent compared to 2005 levels. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• Several environmental advocacy groups are refusing to comply with subpoenas from Exxon, which is demanding to see documents that could be connected to a climate change investigation against the company. (InsideClimate News)

EMISSIONS:
• A new report shows that 33 states have expanded their economies while reducing emissions, debunking the notion that climate action harms economic growth. (E&E News)
• Harvard University reaches its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent. (Associated Press)
• An infographic shows how Donald Trump could influence CO2 emissions. (New York Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A report that Tesla fell short of hiring projections at its Nevada battery factory was based on outdated information, according to the company. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A federal court case in New York could change the framework for how states meet renewable energy targets. (Utility Dive)
• Environmental advocates in Wisconsin are protesting a decision by state regulators to use more than $8 million in energy efficiency funds to expand internet access. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts is testing a new solar tariff model. (Utility Dive)
• New York’s governor announces $3.6 million in funding to help build solar installations in low-income communities. (Press & Sun Bulletin)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some experts argue that electric vehicles are no better for the environment once the manufacturing process and charging are taken into account. (The Guardian)

PIPELINES: Tribal leaders in North Dakota are sending conflicting messages to pipeline protesters about whether to stay at their camp through the winter or return home. (Associated Press)

COAL: The president of the United Mine Workers union says a proposal in Congress for a short-term extension of health care benefits for retired coal miners is a “travesty” that the union will fight. (Charleston Gazette Mail)

POLLUTION: Efforts to clean up an oil pipeline spill in North Dakota are being hampered by winter weather. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• With Senator Harry Reid retiring, plans for a much needed nuclear waste repository in Nevada could move forward. (Los Angeles Times)
• Donald Trump’s meetings with climate change activists are meaningless “hot air.” (Huffington Post)

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