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Terrorist attacks won’t deter Paris climate summit

CLIMATE:
• The Paris climate summit will proceed despite terrorist attacks that killed more than 100 people on Friday night. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz emphasizes his departments “all of the above” objective “starts out with a commitment to low carbon.” (The Hill)
• A 13-year-old sues North Carolina for failing to act on climate change. (Raleigh News & Observer)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• The Sierra Club says politically vulnerable U.S. senators will win support from voters by supporting EPA carbon rules. (The Hill)
• Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper reiterates his state’s commitment to meeting carbon targets: “We’re going to do this come hell or high water.” (Greenwire)

POLITICS: The Clean Power Plan is increasing political pressure on Democratic governors in coal-producing states. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A report finds more than half of U.S. states were in the process of revisiting their net metering policies in the most recent quarter. (Greentech Media)
• Connecticut is failing to apply its policies backing solar power to its own public buildings. (Hartford Courant)
• While only one community solar project is operating in Minnesota, hundreds are in the pipeline and will likely be built next year. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The American Legislative Exchange Council joins Duke Energy’s bid to block a small solar system built by a third party for a North Carolina church. (PoliticsUSA)

UTILITIES:
• A shareholder resolution would push utility Ameren Missouri to generate 30 percent of its portfolio from renewables by 2030. (Midwest Energy News)
Consumer advocates push back against an Arizona utility’s proposed fixed-charge increase. (Arizona Daily Star)

WIND: A $3.7 million grant could revive a proposed Maine offshore wind farm. (Portland Press Herald)

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s governor says new transmission lines connecting New England to Canadian hydropower will be key to reducing the region’s electricity costs. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS: 
• Oil prices are expected to continue sliding as production outpaces demand. (New York Times)
• A natural gas pipeline explodes in California, killing one person and injuring three others. (Reuters)
• A California natural gas storage facility has been leaking for three weeks. (Los Angeles Times)

FRACKING:
• Neighbors succeed in banning fracking at the site of a former country club in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
• A West Virginia company converts fracking wastewater into distilled water and road salt. (Dominion Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Tesla Motors Inc. official says the company is still actively pushing Michigan lawmakers on being able to directly sell its electric vehicles to customers there. (Midwest Energy News) 

COMMENTARY:
• What people get wrong about the connection between climate change and terrorism. (Vox)
• Why we should end the “fox-designing-the-henhouse framework” for fossil fuels on federal lands, and leave them in the ground. (The Hill)

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