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Studies suggest coal’s decline could boost crop yields

COAL: The decline of coal-burning power plants — and the air pollution that comes with them — has directly correlated with increased soybean and corn yields in states like Kentucky, two recent studies show. (Anthropocene)

TRANSPORTATION:
After years of fighting their own policy battles, ethanol and electric vehicle advocates in Minnesota are tentatively banding together against a shared adversary: fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
Massachusetts offers $1.4 million in grants to test innovative solutions to advance transportation electrification. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE:
A Trump administration official is inserting misleading language and debunked claims about climate change into federal scientific reports. (New York Times)
A new report finds California’s “ocean economy,” including offshore oil and gas extraction, faces serious threats from climate change. (Los Angeles Daily News)

OFFSHORE WIND: Ørsted launches an offshore wind innovation hub today in Rhode Island that it hopes will accelerate the industry. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: A federal report says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River to boost salmon populations would destabilize the power grid. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
Organizers of a major global energy conference in Houston cancel the gathering because of concerns about spreading coronavirus. (Reuters)
A new study indicates Colorado has probably underestimated emissions from wells along the state’s Front Range. (Denver Post)

GRID:
• Michigan officials explore the potential of importing more electricity to maintain reliability and resilience as coal plants close and more distributed resources are added to the grid. (Energy News Network)
The head of New York’s electric grid says recent orders by federal regulators don’t appear to be as bad for renewables as initially feared. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS:
Utility CenterPoint Energy says it will cut emissions from operations 70% by 2035 and from customer gas usage 20% to 30% by 2040. (Reuters)
The Trump administration’s repeal of rules on climate super-pollutants will add emissions equivalent to 625,000 new cars. (InsideClimate News)
Colorado’s complicated tax policy is making it harder for the state to crack down on greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions. (Colorado Independent)
The U.S. EPA says New York’s lawsuit against it for failure to enforce regulations of upwind emissions is too vague. (Bloomberg, subscription required)

POWER PLANTS:
• A proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio to ban foreign ownership of power plants and other “critical infrastructure” threatens further renewable energy development in the state, critics say. (Energy News Network)
• Maintaining Minnesota’s three aging nuclear reactors may be a key feature of Xcel Energy’s long-term emissions-reduction targets. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• The debate over the Line 3 pipeline is dividing Minnesota Democrats between those who worry about spills and climate change and those more concerned about maintaining rural construction jobs. (New York Times)
• Weak oil demand and cheaper alternatives mean economics may be the biggest obstacle for the Keystone XL pipeline, experts say. (Omaha World-Herald)

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POLITICS:
Presidential candidates with plans to eliminate the oil and gas economy try to reassure workers they will have alternative career paths. (Houston Chronicle)
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg unveils a public lands proposal that includes a ban on new fossil fuel leases on federal lands and offshore waters. (Grist)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says as president she would direct financial regulators to evaluate the climate-related liabilities of U.S. financial institutions. (E&E News) 

COMMENTARY: Oregon Republicans are subverting democracy again by running away to prevent a vote on a climate change bill, David Roberts writes. (Vox)

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