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Trump credits tariffs for new solar plant in Georgia

SOLAR:
• South Korean company Hanwha Q Cells says its new Georgia solar panel factory is the largest in North America. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• President Trump, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and company executives tout solar tariffs as the reason for the plant’s construction. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

EMISSIONS: California and 22 other states sue the Trump administration to defend its authority to set fuel economy and emissions standards. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE:
Protesters are blocking streets to disrupt the morning commute in Washington D.C. today to draw attention to climate change. (Washington Post)
Friday’s climate strike was likely the largest climate protest in world history, including more than 2,500 events in at least 163 countries. (Vox)

COAL:
• The U.S. Department of Labor will give an Eastern Kentucky program more than $3 million to support laid-off coal miners. (WYMT)
• As coal companies file for bankruptcy and the industry declines, coal miners are being left behind. (Fast Company)
• After pressure from residents, Tennessee environmental regulators are reportedly testing particulate matter falling from the skies around the Bull Run power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Shares in Peabody Energy drop after the company cancels plans to refinance its debt. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
A state report backs up Illinois farmers’ claims that natural gas pipeline construction is damaging their property. (E&E News, subscription)
• Louisiana landowners ask a federal appeals court to review how the state handles eminent domain in pipeline projects. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
The Bureau of Land Management’s new Colorado headquarters shares a building with two oil companies, an arrangement that a senator defends by saying “Washington is infested with special interests.” (Denver Post)
• Amid the rise of renewables, some investors are losing confidence in the oil industry, with stocks lower than they’ve been since the late 1970s. (CNBC)
• The Texas oil rig count is at its lowest in more than two years, and the oil and gas industry is cutting back its workforce. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Trump administration’s top offshore oil and gas regulator, who is from Louisiana, has ties to the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• While General Motors’ planned shift to manufacturing electric vehicles may reduce its workforce at plants across the Midwest, some workers are hopeful that producing an electric truck will benefit a Detroit plant. (Bloomberg, Associated Press, Detroit Free Press)
Advocates say a lack of electric vehicle charging stations in North Dakota is causing the state to miss out on tourism revenue. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
A proposed change to the federal PURPA law would hurt independent solar companies’ ability to compete, critics say. (Utility Dive)
• AT&T contracts to buy energy from a 350 MW wind project in Oklahoma that is expected to be completed next year. (Renewables Now)

NUCLEAR:
• Former workers were among those who gathered outside the Three Mile Island plant at noon on Friday to observe its shutdown. (Press & Journal)
• With Three Mile Island now closed, supporters of nuclear power worry about the future of Pennsylvania’s remaining nuclear plants. (WITF) 

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POLLUTION: Chicago officials are failing to monitor air quality and hold polluters accountable for their emissions, according to a recent audit by the city’s inspector general. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
It remains unclear who is funding the campaign attempting to undercut a referendum on subsidies for Ohio nuclear plants. (Energy News Network)
• A youth-led climate nonprofit will back a primary challenge to Texas Rep. Henry Cueller, an eight-term congressman the group called “Big Oil’s favorite Democrat.” (HuffPost)
• GOP primary challenger Bill Weld says he won’t take money from the oil and gas industry in his presidential campaign. (The Hill)

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