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Trump operative intervenes in Ohio nuclear bailout

OHIO: The Ohio House passes a controversial bill providing subsidies to nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push by a Trump campaign official who warned plant closures could hurt the president’s re-election chances. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Politico)

RENEWABLES:
Atlanta has pledged to hit 100% renewable power by 2035, but the goal could be beyond its reach because it relies on Georgia Power for electricity. (NPR)
The city council in Santa Monica, California, passes an $800 million climate action plan that calls for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Utility Dive)
A Colorado community will be the seventh in the nation to be 100% powered by renewables thanks to a deal with the city’s power provider. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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SOLAR:
• A company selling residential solar subscriptions in Minnesota says policy changes are needed to ensure households continue to see community solar opportunities. (Energy News Network)
An Anchorage solar company experiences explosive growth, a sign the industry might be gaining more traction in Alaska. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

NATURAL GAS:
• A U.S. Department of Energy press release promoting liquified natural gas exports refers to natural gas as “freedom gas.” (Quartz)
• Pennsylvania legislators propose allowing natural gas drilling under state forests as an alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt agrees to a one-year delay on oil and gas leasing near a national historical park in New Mexico considered sacred by Western tribes. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota’s electricity consumption is estimated to increase by up to 70% in the next 20 years due largely to expanded oil and gas activity. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
Michigan’s attorney general vows to take action to decommission Line 5 in the next month if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t reach a deal to do so with Enbridge. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers are trying to remove tree-sitters who have been protesting for nine months so workers can finish clearing a path for the pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL: A Montana tribe is criticizing the Trump administration for not consulting with them before seeking to overturn a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR:
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso says “it’s time to end the political games” and restart the licensing process to store the nation’s nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Company officials from PSEG told an investors conference the New Jersey law to subsidize its nuclear power plants will survive pending court challenges. (Platts)

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CLIMATE:
Activist shareholders at Exxon’s annual meeting in Texas say the company is slow to act on climate change and emissions, but a resolution to create a climate change committee is rejected. (Associated Press, Reuters)
• A federal judge in Washington rules that federal land managers must consider the climate change impacts of drilling on 250 square miles of public land in Utah and Colorado. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Pointing to the election of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a New York Times columnist says it’s time Democrats start running hard on climate and energy instead of “paying the issue lip service.”
The Green New Deal will lead to job and economic growth in Florida, a labor activist writes. (Sun Sentinel)

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