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Texas pipeline manufacturer says it’s a casualty of Trump steel tariffs

OIL & GAS: A Texas company that makes pipes for oil and gas refineries says Trump’s steel tariffs will cost it up to $35 million a year and kill its plans to expand and hire more workers. (CNN Money)

ALSO:
• While Trump doubles down on coal, West Virginia lawmakers introduce legislation to ramp up the state’s natural gas industry. (Virginian-Pilot)
• “Without diversity, our industry just does not survive.” At a gas conference, a panel discusses the industry’s diversity problem. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• LG Electronics plans to build a $28 million solar panel plant in Huntsville, Alabama, the first solar production facility in the state. (Al.com)
• A conference in Michigan highlights the value of solar projects in offsetting costs for farms. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• A Kansas utility’s plan to increase surcharges on customers with solar panels is expected to draw opposition at a public hearing today. (Wichita Eagle)

WIND:
• A Canadian company cancels two wind projects in Texas after an Air Force base said they would interfere with pilot training and radar systems. (Houston Chronicle)
• Northeast residents say new wind projects are making them sick, but scientific consensus suggests otherwise. (NOVA Next)

UTILITIES: Nevada regulators approve a $295 million clean energy plan for the state’s largest utility that includes $15 million for electric vehicle infrastructure. (Nevada Appeal)

GRID: Ameren’s energy startup incubator program in its second year selects six new companies, including three working to develop smart grid technology. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• A decision by Minnesota regulators on Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project could come as soon as today. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers plan to complete the Louisiana pipeline by October if courts don’t order another halt to construction. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: Los Angeles has a “lax and reactive” approach to checking on oil and gas sites, according to a new report urging more oversight. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL: The former city manager of a Colorado city who used to say emissions from a local coal-fired power plant were “just steam” is now among those calling for the facility to close as soon as possible. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

CLIMATE:
• A tiny California beach town sues some of the world’s top fossil fuel companies for their role in causing climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• A report says more research is needed to understand how rapidly rising sea levels will affect Gulf Coast communities and the petrochemical industry. (Times-Picayune)

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POLITICS: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is among at least nine anti-fossil fuel candidates who won their primary races. (ThinkProgress)

COMMENTARY: Author and climate activist Bill McKibben says the Line 3 debate in Minnesota has “roused grassroots resistance” from local residents and Native Americans. (The Guardian)

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