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U.S. agencies to reduce emissions 41.8% by 2025

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EMISSIONS:
• U.S. federal agencies announce plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations to 41.8 percent below 2008 levels by 2025. (Reuters)
• A new report shows carbon emissions per capita are highest in the least-populated, coal-dependent states. (Climate Central)
A new study suggests how to lower carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels without drastically changing the energy system. (press release)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Using a $100,000 camera, advocates are visiting Ohio to film harmful — but invisible to the eye — emissions detected from shale gas operations. (Akron Beacon Journal)
A major oil company is rethinking the way it responds to seismic activity from oil and gas development. (Reuters)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: With a policy shift, turning agricultural waste into renewable energy can still catch on in the U.S. (Grist)

SOLAR: Major developer SolarCity says it is dropping its membership in a leading industry advocacy group. (Las Vegas Sun)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: While Ohio officials object to the federal Clean Power Plan, they are in the early stages of exploring compliance options and an extension to submit a plan. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Activists are seizing on the momentum of Keystone XL’s rejection by calling attention to another pipeline expansion project at the U.S./Canadian border. (Inside Climate News)
A proposed natural gas pipeline in a remote region of West Texas is dividing communities there. (NBC News)

CARBON: In the lead up to the Paris negotiations, leaders of 78 major companies worldwide call for governments to adopt a price on carbon as a way to reduce emissions. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
• The first U.S. EPA director says Republican politicians are harming the country’s reputation on climate by ignoring science for political gain. (The Guardian)
• A new study affirms how some corporations are trying to cast doubt about climate change and the impact their efforts are having on public opinion. (The Washington Post)
Canadian leaders gather as a unified front before heading into next week’s climate negotiations in Paris. (Reuters)
An academic journal pushes back against a Republican Congressman who questioned a recent study’s credibility. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The source of electricity that recharges an EV affects how much cleaner it is versus vehicles running on gasoline and natural gas. (The Washington Post)

RELIABILITY: Replacing large transformers still poses a challenge to cities, where they could take months to replace and threaten reliability. (EnergyWire)

CAPACITY AUCTIONS: Federal regulators reject grid operator MISO’s request to make annual capacity auctions mandatory. (RTO Insider)

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