U.S. Energy News

Six Republicans break ranks on carbon tax vote

POLITICS: Six Republicans break ranks to vote against a resolution in the U.S. House opposing a carbon tax, most GOP members of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus voted to approve the symbolic bill. (E&E News, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Florida GOP Rep. Carlos Cubelo plans to introduce his carbon tax bill on Monday, which while highly unlikely to pass, marks the first policy effort by Republicans on climate change in a decade. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE:
A judge dismisses New York’s climate change lawsuit against Exxon Mobil and other major oil companies, saying global warming should not be addressed by the judiciary branch. (Bloomberg)
Baltimore becomes the latest city to sue top oil and gas companies for contributing to climate change; advocates say more lawsuits are likely to come. (Baltimore Sun, Grist)
How the Supreme Court overturning Massachusetts vs. EPA could actually make it harder for oil companies to fight cities’ climate change lawsuits. (E&E News)

GRID: A new report finds the benefits of regionalizing the Western grid would largely outweigh the negatives. (Greentech Media)

COAL: One in five coal miners in central Appalachia who have worked at least 25 years suffer from black lung disease, according to a new study. (NPR)

WIND:
• Wind energy experts discuss the prospect for offshore wind near the Texas coast. (Houston Public Media)
• The National Audubon Society gives conditional backing to an offshore wind project in Lake Erie that is drawing pros and cons from residents. (ReNews, WKYC)

SOLAR: DTE Energy is the first Michigan utility to propose a replacement program for net metering, though advocates are strongly opposed. (Energy News Network)

OIL AND GAS: A plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to drilling is getting an expedited environmental review by federal officials, recently obtained emails reveal. (Washington Post)

PIPELINES: A state-commissioned report shows a worst-case-scenario oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could cause at least $2 billion in damage and affect more than 400 miles of shoreland. (Detroit News)

EFFICIENCY: A Utah home builder forges a sustainable business model for constructing net-zero homes. (Utah Business)

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UTILITIES: A group of New York utilities outline how blockchain can be “transformative” for the grid. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:Politics is a dumpster fire and democracy may not survive, but by God, the EVs are coming. It’s really happening.” (Vox)

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