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Study: Climate modeling has been right all along

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CLIMATE: The first review of computer models used to predict climate change over the past 50 years finds they have been “generally quite accurate,” contradicting a core tenet of misinformation campaigns. (Vox)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Michigan sees increased investment in fast-charging electric vehicle stations, which state officials hope will replicate the experience of stopping for gas. (Energy News Network)
General Motors and LG Chem reportedly plan a joint venture to invest $2 billion in an electric vehicle battery plant in Ohio. (Reuters)

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UTILITIES:
Like other utilities across the U.S., the Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska is counting on new technology and declining costs in the future to achieve its net-zero carbon goal. (Energy News Network)
PG&E is reportedly close to finalizing a $13.5 billion settlement to victims of California wildfires ignited by its power lines. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. solar industry urges members to use social media to push back against White House claims that its recent report on the damaging impact of President Trump’s solar tariffs is “fake news.” (Reuters)
Solar panels at the Maine governor’s mansion make a powerful statement but a variety of factors prevent the project from being economic. (Portland Press Herald)

STORAGE:
A utility proposes building a 200 MW energy storage facility at a former power plant site on the California coast, one of several similar projects in the state. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)
• While solar’s early growth was dictated by sunshine and policy, energy storage is less constrained by geographic boundaries, experts say. (Greentech Media)

OVERSIGHT: Texas has cut funding to its environmental enforcement agency by more than a third over the last decade despite a booming oil and gas industry and petrochemical fires. (Houston Chronicle) 

OFFSHORE DRILLING: New oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts would spur energy development on land, raising the risk of pollution, an environmental group’s report warns. (Miami Herald)

OIL & GAS:
• Younger, digital-oriented workers join oil and gas companies, often replacing blue collar workers as tech’s role in the industry grows. (Houston Chronicle)
• An underground gas explosion rattles a Boston suburb, blowing off manhole covers but causing limited damage. (Boston Globe)

PIPELINES: Union Hill, Virginia’s fight to stop Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers from building a compressor station has pressured state leaders to prioritize environmental justice. (Virginia Mercury)

COAL:
A U.S. EPA proposal to weaken a coal plant pollution rule ignores billions of dollars in health benefits for Americans, according to economists. (Reuters)
A federal judge orders Blackjewel to provide more detail on $75,000 in travel expenses accrued by company attorneys while Wyoming coal miners awaited back pay. (Caspar Star-Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: The Green Party comes out strongly against a proposed $1 billion power line through Maine that would import Canadian hydropower destined for Massachusetts. (Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators approve the transfer of operating licenses for three nuclear plants once bankruptcy proceedings for FirstEnergy Solutions finish. (Toledo Blade)

POLITICS:
The fierce political debate in Ohio over bailouts for nuclear and coal plants could spill over into the 2020 election, experts say. (E&E News, subscription)
• Biofuel policy appears to be playing a smaller role in Iowa politics than it did in previous presidential elections. (E&E News, subscription)

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EFFICIENCY: Americans burn 6.6 billion kilowatt-hours annually from holiday lights, but LEDs could cut energy use up to 70%. (The New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
A series of essays from the American Prospect explores the equity challenges to addressing climate change.
• Academic researchers say models show eastern states are correct to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect them from pollution caused by Midwest coal power plants. (Bloomberg)

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