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Tribes sue to keep coronavirus funds away from oil development

OIL AND GAS: Six Native American tribes have sued the Trump administration to stop billions of dollars in coronavirus emergency funds from going to for-profit entities, including fossil fuel developers in Alaska. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
An international crude oil exporter is seeking approval from the City of Portland for a $24 million operations expansion at its industrial terminal. (Portland Tribune)
The president of the Western Energy Alliance says plummeting oil prices are a “bloodbath” for Colorado and other Western states. (Denver Channel)
An Alaskan natural resources expert says North Slope oilfields are unlikely to shut down despite plummeting prices. (Anchorage Press)

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TRANSMISSION: A Pacificorp project intending to add around 420 miles of new transmission lines across Wyoming, Colorado and Utah is still on course to break ground next year despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Rawlins Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: Former presidential candidate Tom Steyer says clean energy investments will be integral to U.S. economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. (Los Angeles Times)

CLIMATE:
The Trump administration makes another attempt to invalidate California’s emissions agreement with Quebec. (E&E News, subscription)
Washington state climate experts and activists say the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic could serve as a model for the fight against climate change. (Spokesman-Review)

PERMIAN BASIN:
The oil market crash has New Mexico and City of Carlsbad leaders worried that one of its most important economic drivers could go bust. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New Mexico Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, whose district includes the state’s portion of the Permian Basin, takes a fellow progressive colleague to task for seemingly taking joy in the suffering of oil and gas workers. (New Mexico Political Report)

COAL: Montana utility regulators decide they no longer need more details on NorthWestern Energy’s plan to buy more of the Colstrip Power Plant. (Billings Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
The CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission explains the decisions that have set the electric cooperative on the path for affordable sustainability. (Colorado Politics)
A California advanced clean mobility startup executive says supporting clean energy and transportation better protects everyone from national disasters, supports a local workforce, and builds the foundation of a more competitive, resilient economy. (CalMatters)
A New Mexico consumer energy advocate says the state needs to contemplate a “more sensible” energy transition that delivers affordable prices, reliable energy, and lower emissions. (Albuquerque Journal)

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