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Two-thirds of Americans support a binding climate agreement

PARIS:
• President Obama says the U.S. takes responsibility for its role in contributing to climate change and pledges “to do something about it.” (Forbes)
World leaders urge swapping out fossil-fuel subsidies in exchange for a carbon tax. (Forbes)
New polling shows two-thirds of Americans support the U.S. joining a binding international agreement to curb growth of greenhouse gas emissions. (New York Times)
Stocks for low-emission companies see gains ahead of Paris talks. (Reuters)
The climate talks aren’t meant to solve global warming, but to give structure and momentum to efforts already underway. (Vox)

BIOFUELS: In a highly awaited decision, the EPA announces new biofuel levels required in the U.S. fuel supply, increasing the amounts from a proposal earlier this year. (New York Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: In a sharp upward trend, 300,000 electric vehicles have been sold in the U.S. since 2009 as battery costs have continued to decline. (Scientific American) 

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Utility and grid experts say the true costs of implementing the federal rules won’t be known for years. (ClimateWire)

CLIMATE CHANGE:
• The economics behind “deep decarbonization” are “really brutal” and will require countries to make vast transformations. (New York Times)
ExxonMobil goes on the offensive against Columbia University journalists’ reporting on the company’s climate history. (Politico)

SOLAR: One solar company is offering incentives to Airbnb hosts who have solar installations on their house. (Chron)

OIL AND GAS:
Utah officials move to close nearly 20 hazardous openings at abandoned uranium and copper mines. (Deseret News)
At least seven earthquakes occurred in northern Oklahoma Monday, including one felt 300 miles away in Iowa, prompting concerns about oil and gas activity. (NewsOK)

EFFICIENCY: A new report says costs to fight global warming can run net-neutral if strong efficiency programs are in place. (Utility Dive)

REGULATORS:
• California’s top oil regulator is resigning after 17 months at the embattled agency. (Associated Press)
• Arizona’s attorney general asks the state Supreme Court to remove the elected chairwoman of the Arizona Corporation Commission over conflict-of-interest allegations. (Phoenix Business Journal)

SECURITY: Experts say the U.S. grid is still vulnerable to a major cyber attack. (EnergyWire)

AGRICULTURE:
Monsanto says it will become carbon neutral by 2021. (Associated Press)
• An Iowa agency helps farmers transition to more efficient and renewable-powered operations. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Appalachia grasps for hope as the future of coal grows bleaker. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Ahead of a U.S. House floor debate this week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduce dozens of amendments to a sweeping energy package. (E&E Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• The leader of an Ohio conservative group says members of the party need to “hit the reset button” and embrace clean-energy. (Midwest Energy News)
• Electrifying the transportation sector “presents a huge opportunity to achieve our clean air and climate goals.” (Intelligent Utility)
Continuing to rely on corn-based ethanol to meet Renewable Fuel Standard goals is not a good idea. (Grist)

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