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Trump makes boldest climate move yet with fuel economy rules

FUEL ECONOMY: President Trump’s move to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards represents his biggest move yet on climate. (E&E News)

• Researchers were not happy to see their work cited to justify the administration’s fuel economy proposal. (E&E News)
The oil industry quietly cheered the plan, which is predicted to increase oil usage 500,000 barrels a day by the early 2030s. (Bloomberg)
• The move threatens California’s electric vehicle push, but carmakers have no plans to abandon the growing market. (McClatchy, Bloomberg)

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• A developer agreed to pay President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen $10 million if he helped obtain $5 billion in federal loans for an Alabama nuclear power project, records show. (AL.com)
Local residents are bracing for the closure of Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plants in the fall of next year. (E&E News)
• A former federal regulator says that a southern California utility should stop burying waste from its shuttered nuclear plant next to the beach. (KPBS)

GRID: The recent heat wave was a test for the increasingly renewables-reliant electric grid, and on the whole, it passed with few interruptions. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Solar prices continue to fall, but analysts predict a floor around $14 per megawatt hour by about 2022. (Greentech Media)

• President Trump’s steef tariffs are costing Texas’ Permian Basin pipeline companies money, but the pipeline boom continues. (Dallas Morning News)
• Texas investigators look into what caused a fire and series of natural gas pipeline explosions that injured seven people. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS: Environmentalists worry a plan to conduct seismic testing to foster oil and gas development in Alaska could create a new grid of vehicle tracks across the state’s wilderness. (New York Times)

COAL: A federal judge gives the Trump administration until 2019 to complete a review to show how reduced coal mining in Wyoming and Montana could fight climate change. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS: A complaint filed with the IRS claims a utility-backed nonprofit advocacy group playing an outsized role in Michigan’s primary election is violating federal tax and campaign finance laws. (Energy News Network)

• Mayor are vowing to fight Trump’s fuel economy rollback, but they could make a bigger impact by helping people avoid driving in the first place. (Curbed)
• A massive new study confirms that a national energy grid would pay for itself, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• If electric utilities stand to gain more sales by encouraging electric vehicles, why do they need to use scarce conservation dollars to do so, asks a community energy advocate. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)

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