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Trump sues California over cap-and-trade agreement

CLIMATE: The Trump administration sues California, accusing the state of exceeding its constitutional authority by joining with Quebec in an emissions cap-and-trade program; a key question is whether Trump’s inaction on climate amounts to a federal policy that states must follow. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A Colorado lawsuit over oil companies’ contributions to climate change was among three the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block Tuesday. (Bloomberg)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E is under fire again for communications blunders, including tweeting another non-existent website ahead of its latest extended blackout. (Mercury News)
The utility’s CEO confirmed another deliberate attack on a worker as the bankrupt utility began its latest round of power cuts to 178,000 customers in 15 counties yesterday. (KPIX, San Francisco Chronicle)
Californians are looking to rooftop solar and batteries to keep them going through what they fear is “the new normal” (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E finally replaces a power pole that sparked five small fires in 14 years. (East Bay Times)

COAL:
Blackjewel agrees to pay Wyoming miners $793,000 in back wages in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor. (WyoFile)
The new owner of two former Blackjewel coal mines in Wyoming offers to reinstate dozens of laid off workers but many don’t plan to return. (Associated Press)
A gloomy outlook for the Powder River Basin is cited in a new analysis of problems plaguing coal’s heartlands globally. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
A startup headed by former Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell plans to ship liquefied natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Asian markets on ice-breaking tankers. (Anchorage Daily News)
Alaska regulators are taking public comments on the pending BP-Hilcorp deal until 5 p.m. Friday. (Anchorage Daily News)
Chevron still sees a “boom boom boom kind of economy” in the Permian basin despite signs of a slowdown. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla stock soars after it reported delivery of a record 97,000 vehicles in its Q3 earnings report. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Advocates question whether a New Mexico utility’s solar fees are fair to customers. (Farmington Daily News)

BIOMASS: Construction is nearly finished on an $18 million biomass plant in eastern Oregon. (Portland Business Journal, subscription)

WIND: Development officials predict millions of dollars in economic impact for southern Montana communities near a proposed wind farm. (KPAX)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say an Arizona congressman’s proposal offers a bipartisan way forward for coalfield communities across the country as the coal industry continues to decline. (The Hill)

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