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White House largely disregards dire climate warning

CLIMATE: While touting emissions reductions since 2005, the White House largely ignores a new IPCC report warning urgent action is needed to mitigate climate change. (E&E News)

ALSO: Minnesota is more than halfway to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2027, a new report says. (WCCO)

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BIOFUELS:
• Corn and ethanol producers praise the Trump administration for allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, while oil industry and environmental groups oppose the new rule. (Radio Iowa, The Hill)
• Despite bipartisan support for his plan, President Trump claims at a political rally in Council Bluffs that Democrats will “take away your ethanol.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Washington, D.C., city councilors propose legislation for the city to run off 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
Minnesota regulators are expected to decide this week on a bonus payment to new residential community solar subscribers, who have largely been left out as developers have focused on larger customers. (Energy News Network)
• A Puerto Rican solar company with offices in Florida is recognized for its community solar projects to power the island after Hurricane Maria. (Miami’s Community Newspapers)
• South Carolina businesses and residents have collected over $30 million in incentives from utilities for solar projects since a net metering law was put into place in 2014. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)

WIND: Regulatory hearings begin today for a two-turbine offshore wind demonstration project in Virginia. (E&E News)

GRID: The Illinois Attorney General’s Office says transmission constraints and PJM’s market design are enriching Exelon in northern Illinois. (RTO Insider)

COAL: A Colorado company that supplies coal to several major Western coal plants files for bankruptcy protection as it faces mounting debt and declining demand. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• A newly appointed West Virginia Supreme Court justice declines to recuse himself even though he was represented by a lawyer who also represents a natural gas company involved in the case. (ProPublica, Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A three-month lockout of National Grid’s union workers and a series of home explosions outside Boston last month has left Massachusetts’ natural gas industry “in disarray,” critics say. (The Republican)
• Questions arise in New Mexico over a Republican Congressman’s ownership of a company that rents oilfield equipment as he campaigns for governor with plans to regulate the booming industry. (Associated Press)
A Texas company is planning to build a 110-mile pipeline in southeastern Montana to deliver carbon dioxide to help boost oilfield production. (Great Falls Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A massive trash-to-energy power plant in New Hampshire will benefit from state biomass subsidies. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

NUCLEAR:
• A federal appeals court ruling could halt construction of a nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina. (The State)
• South Carolina residents have mixed reactions about a failed nuclear project and potential merger between Dominion Energy and SCANA. (Aiken Standard)

EFFICIENCY: A union hall in Detroit originally built in 1964 is the largest zero net energy building in Michigan. (Model D)

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ACTIVISM: A Minnesota judge swiftly dismisses a case against climate change activists for damaging an oil pipeline, though defendants had hoped to bring their necessity defense to a jury. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
Human psychology helps explain why we’re slow to act on dire warnings about climate change. (Time)
The only rule of climate policy that really matters is: go as hard and fast as possible, forever and ever, amen.” (Vox)

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