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Survey finds ‘major change’ in Americans’ attitude on climate change

CLIMATE: A national survey finds an “inflection point” in Americans’ understanding of climate change, with nearly half recognizing that impacts are occurring right now. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Louisville, Kentucky residents pressure the city’s mayor to take more action on climate change by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. (WFPL)
A new report says carbon pricing in Vermont could lower emissions without harming the state’s economy. (VT Digger)
A bill to boost Virginia’s participation in broader climate initiatives gets a hearing this week, but many say it is unlikely to advance. (Energy News Network)
Some 1,500 private jets are expected at Davos, where attendees are discussing “safeguarding our planet” from climate change. (MarketWatch)

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PIPELINES:
A federal judge dismisses claims that Greenpeace was running a criminal enterprise to damage a company, which could have implications for a similar case involving the Dakota Access pipeline developer. (InsideClimate News)
• The Supreme Court declines to hear a case regarding Mountain Valley Pipeline developers’ use of eminent domain laws. (Roanoke Times)
• Two Virginia attorneys ask for a federal investigation of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction through streams and wetlands. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• An investigation revealing a surge in black lung disease among Appalachian coal miners leads to calls for congressional hearings, mandatory testing, and other measures. (Frontline PBS, NPR)
An Indiana utility seeks to boost its coal inventory at a southern Indiana plant but is facing transportation challenges. (Platts)

SOLAR: Industry experts raise questions and concerns about whether utility-scale solar is becoming a finance bubble. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• Developers say Virginia’s first onshore wind project is still on track to be operational by 2020 if it can find a partner to buy the energy. (Energy News Network)
As a deadline for public comment passes, the developer of a Massachusetts offshore wind farm “hasn’t heard anything” from the Interior Department. (Cape Cod Times)
Wyoming lawmakers who have unsuccessfully tried to increase taxes on the state’s wind industry are back with another proposal. (Casper Star Tribune)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The threat of seismic blasts for offshore drilling, traffic, and other loud noises in the ocean are dangerous to marine life, scientists say. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: California’s largest utility has secured $5.5 billion to help fund operations while it reorganizes under bankruptcy, a process expected to last about two years. (San Francisco Chronicle)

NUCLEAR:
Massachusetts lawmakers seek a delay in the relicensing of the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. (MassLive)
State and local officials continue to prepare for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

NATURAL GAS: Thousands of customers in Rhode Island are without natural gas after a system failure believed to be caused by a faulty valve in Massachusetts. (Providence Journal)

GRID:
Some parts of the Midwest will require new transmission to support renewable energy development while smart grid options are less risky and more flexible in other areas. (Energy News Network)
Cold weather means increased reliance on coal and oil for electricity in New England. (Commonwealth Magazine)
Massachusetts officials release a questionnaire that gives insight into the process of developing a “Clean Peak” energy standard. (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A new YouGov survey shows 11 percent of American drivers would consider buying an electric vehicle. (Utility Dive)
Betting on the continued increase in electric vehicle sales, a Canadian company is trying to extract a vast lithium deposit in northern Nevada. (KUNR)

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GREEN NEW DEAL: Eliminating coal and gas at Tennessee Valley Authority could offer a path forward for the Green New Deal, according to a report from an environmental think tank. (Huffington Post)

REGULATION: A former senior energy adviser to President Obama warns the EPA is being “hollowed out” under the Trump administration. (The Hill)

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