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Three Western states contemplating carbon legislation

CARBON: Oregon, Washington and Hawaii are among seven states considering legislation to put a price on carbon. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: A Hawaii climate change commission backs legislation to establish a carbon tax aimed at lowering emissions from cars, trucks and buses. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: California’s largest utility tells regulators it didn’t think high winds and dry conditions were bad enough to warrant shutting off power in the days leading up to the deadly Camp Fire. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
• Montana residents see the potential risks and benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline, currently is in limbo after a recent court ruling. (Great Falls Tribune)
• Meanwhile, a federal judge in Montana clarifies his ruling to allow the pipeline’s developer to do some pre-construction work. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A California company that operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network raises $240 million, almost doubling its cash on hand. (Greentech Media)
• Boulder, Colorado will offer two hours of free electric vehicle charging at five downtown parking garages and a charging station. (Boulder Daily Camera)

BIOFUELS: A Utah hog farm is among several that will to supply methane for biogas production under a new partnership between a Virginia utility and the world’s largest pork producer. (Deseret News)

POLITICS: As the incoming chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, an Arizona congressman promises a different posture on climate change and public lands management than his Republican predecessor. (High Country News)

UTILITIES: Montana regulators order a local utility to return $20 million from federal tax cuts to its customers. (Billings Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Boise, Idaho considers adopting a goal to run on 100 percent renewable energy, possibly by 2040. (Idaho Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Time is running out to conduct a planned seismic survey on parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge slated for oil and gas exploration. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
• Idaho regulators consider evicting a Texas oil and gas company from the state after agreeing to a settlement over multiple violations. (Idaho Statesman)
• The state of Washington fines an Idaho oil company $189,000 for a pipeline leak that sent biodiesel into a local river. (Wenatchee World)

COMMENTARY:
• Rooftop solar needs to be part of the solution to California’s wildfire problems, says the chief policy officer for the nation’s leading solar installation company. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Congress should approve a bill that would double the amount of land with a wilderness designation in Utah, says an official with the Pew Charitable Trusts. (The Hill)

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