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Walmart, Pepsi announce climate action as feds downplay crisis

CLIMATE: Walmart announces it will eliminate all emissions from its global operations by 2040, however, the plan does not address the much larger issue of emissions from suppliers and customers. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Citing a need for “accelerated action” on climate change, PepsiCo says it will power all of its company-owned operations with renewable energy by 2030. (Fox Business)
• The Trump administration is moving forward with its appointment of a meteorologist who has questioned the work of climate scientists to serve as chief scientist at NOAA. (Washington Post)
• At a news conference promoting the natural gas industry, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette misleadingly claims “no one knows” the impact of human caused emissions on the climate. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A key Supreme Court decision granting the government authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act could be in jeopardy under a conservative majority. (E&E News, subscription)

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POLICY: Clean energy legislation in Congress could advance this week, but may face difficulty in the Senate amid a rush by Republicans to confirm a new Supreme Court justice. (E&E News)

OHIO: State Republican lawmakers introduce sweeping new disclosure requirements to help erase “dark money” political spending in the wake of the HB 6 corruption scandal. (Cleveland.com)

COAL:
• General Electric announces it will no longer build new coal plants, though it will continue to provide service for existing facilities. (The Hill)
Bankruptcy filings show Blackjewel still owes more than $50 million in unpaid royalties to the federal government for two Wyoming coal mines, and it’s unclear whether the money will ever be recovered. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• President Trump says he will add North Carolina his recently announced offshore drilling ban in Southeast states. (Associated Press)
• The Bureau of Land Management is reducing available parcels in this week’s Wyoming oil and gas lease sale due to a federal court decision to vacate leases on sage grouse habitat. (Casper Star-Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• A series of spills at a construction zone along the Mariner East pipeline raise questions whether Pennsylvania should order another rerouting of the pipeline as it recently did at a troubled site. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A pipeline developer has employed a Louisiana lawmaker to help it push a project through Black and Indigenous communities. (Southerly)

GRID: New Jersey stakeholders debate whether the state should abandon the wholesale electricity market run by PJM and strike out on its own to pursue its clean energy goals. (NJ Spotlight)

NUCLEAR: The Department of Energy is planning a new push for long-elusive nuclear fusion technology, with the goal of deploying a small-scale reactor by midcentury. (E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: Connecticut legislators wonder why a proposed utility regulation bill now before them includes a provision to allow third parties to compete in energy efficiency programs. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The future of Arizona electric truck firm Nikola is in question after its founder abruptly resigned Sunday amid fraud investigations. (Arizona Republic)

UTILITIES:
• A new report says utilities need to move faster on retiring fossil fuel plants to reach zero emissions by 2050. (Greentech Media)
• An Illinois utility watchdog faces questions and criticism for taking money from utility-funded foundations* but denies a conflict of interest. (WBEZ)

POLITICS: Major Democratic donors are pushing Joe Biden to appoint a cabinet free of fossil fuel interests. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A climate policy think tank says plugging abandoned oil wells is one Green New Deal strategy that both parties can agree on. (Forbes)
• Activists offer ideas to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the climate movement. (The Guardian)

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