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Trump downplays climate change during California visit

CLIMATE: In visits to fire-ravaged California, President Trump casts doubt on climate science and insists without evidence that “it’ll start getting cooler,” while Joe Biden says the president’s climate denial “fails the most basic duty to a nation.” (Los Angeles Times, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
Google announces plans to power all its offices and data centers with only carbon-free electricity by 2030. (The Verge)
Facebook announces plans to expand its emissions-reductions goals across its global supply chain by 2030. (Greentech Media)

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GRID: PG&E says it mistakenly directed a 400 MW power plant to scale back at the height of rolling blackouts in mid-August. (San Francisco Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• California leads a coalition of 24 states and municipalities that includes Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon challenging the EPA’s rollback of oil and gas methane rules. (E&E News)
Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says the EPA’s denial of petitions for small refinery exemptions from renewable fuel standard requirements could hurt the state’s energy workers. (Oil City News)

PIPELINES: A crude oil pipeline planned for the Permian Basin is cancelled. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

POLITICS: Oil companies are among the outside groups targeting New Mexico’s legislative races with significant amounts of money. (Albuquerque Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management is fighting a court order invalidating its rollback of oil and gas methane regulations on public and tribal lands. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: Residents of several historic central Tucson, Arizona neighborhoods object to a proposed high-voltage transmission line that would cut through the area. (Arizona Daily Star)

HYDROPOWER: Three Western U.S. Representatives urge Warren Buffet to move forward with the demolition of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams to save salmon populations. (North Coast Journal)

ELECTRIFICATION: Los Altos, California is to vote on an ordinance to ban natural gas in new homes and businesses September 22. (Daily Post)

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TRANSPORTATION: A California school bus dealer delivers the first all-electric transit-style school buses in the state with vehicle-to-grid capabilities. (School Transportation News)

COMMENTARY: A Wyoming journalist says Gov. Mark Gordon and state lawmakers need to cease their efforts aiming to delay plant closures and keep using the state’s coal even though it’s proven to not be cost-effective. (WyoFile)

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