U.S. Energy News

State climate policy a one-party phenomenon

POLICY: A growing number of states governed by Democrats are adopting sweeping climate laws, while Republican-led states have largely resisted new policies. (New York Times)

• A House spending bill passed last week would block offshore drilling and seismic testing along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through 2020. (The Hill)
• Dozens of Republicans from coastal states including Florida and the Carolinas voted with Democrats in support of the offshore drilling ban. (Newsweek)

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• President Trump claims domestic energy production would increase by 25% after he approves pipelines in Texas, but he did not say how that would happen. (E&E News)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents ask federal regulators to rescind West Virginia’s approval of the project after repeated state requests. (Roanoke Times)

• General Electric says it plans to close a large natural gas plant in California about 20 years ahead of schedule because it is no longer economically viable because of the decreasing prices of solar and wind energy. (Reuters)
• Safety advocates say federal regulators have watered down proposed pipeline safety rules to save money for industry. (E&E News)
• Navajo Nation members call for a “Red Deal” that among other things seeks a moratorium on drilling their tribal lands in the West. (New Mexico Political Report)
Two physicians organizations study peer-reviewed literature and conclude it is impossible to frack natural gas without negatively impacting human health. (Environmental Health News)

COAL: Former coal miners with black lung disease pressure Congress to reinstate a tax on coal companies that supports the federal black lung benefits program. (ABC)

POLLUTION: Democratic attorneys general and environmental groups gear up for a legal battle over the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan rollback. (The Hill)

• A recent power plant settlement between a Minnesota utility and clean energy advocates also calls for a major energy efficiency ramp up. (Energy News Network)
• A new analysis finds Ohio ratepayers’ electric bills are $2 lower each month because of how the state’s efficiency standards affect market prices. (Energy News Network)

• An entrepreneur wanted to turn Oklahoma and the U.S. into a wind energy powerhouse, but the power grid is unprepared. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• North Carolina State Sen. Harry Brown is once again seeking a moratorium on all land-based wind development in the state. (Grist)

SOLAR: Animals have long been a menace on power grids, though incidents such as one last week at a California solar farm are rare. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: An explosion and fire at an Arizona utility battery facility highlights the challenges and risks associated with the growing energy storage sector. (Associated Press)

ACTIVISM: In central New York, newer local activists are joining an older guard and further turning the political tide on fossil fuels. (ThinkProgress)

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• Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee says he will cut billions in fossil fuel subsidies and limit new drilling and exports if elected. (The Guardian)
• A “possible militia threat” closed the Oregon capitol Saturday amid a walkout by Republicans trying to stop a vote on a landmark climate bill. (Associated Press)

• Louisiana needs to start preparing for an economic future without fossil fuels, a columnist writes. (Times-Picayune)
• A Minnesota columnist says state Republican lawmakers risk losing elections if they oppose clean energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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