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White House pushes for job creation under Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The White House is teaming up with three labor unions to promote job creation under the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

UTILITIES:
• Saying it has capacity to spare, a Wisconsin utility wants the state to block other utilities from building new power plants. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Investors continue to question NRG’s business model as the company announces support for the Clean Power Plan. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR:
• A survey finds nearly 60 percent of utilities are reviewing their net metering policies. (Greentech Media)
• Utah’s governor tours the state’s first utility-scale solar farm, which is expected to go online in December. (Deseret News)
• Solar farms encroach on oil country in Texas. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

OIL AND GAS:
• A decline in drilling has corresponded with fewer earthquakes in Kansas. (Wichita Eagle)
• Developers of an Ohio natural gas pipeline sue 91 landowners to gain access to their properties. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• Environmental groups push federal regulators to inspect more than 200 miles of undersea pipelines off California’s coast. (Reuters)
• “Frack now, pay later”: major oilfield players try new tactics to ride out the drilling downturn. (Reuters)

COAL:
•  Market forces are more responsible for coal’s decline than tougher emissions regulations, and the failure thus far of “clean coal” isn’t helping. (New York Times)
• Dependence on low-quality lignite coal in Texas is one reason the state is opposing the Clean Power Plan. (Marketplace)
• Arch Coal will pay $2 million to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: An electric and hybrid car-sharing program will target lower-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles. (Huffington Post)

HYDRO: New residential lofts in Minneapolis will be powered mostly by hydropower that once fed an historic mill built in the 1880s. (Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS:
• Coal billionaire Chris Cline explains why he donated $1 million to support Jeb Bush. (Bloomberg)
• The pope’s climate appeal falls on deaf ears in Texas. (Texas Tribune)
• Young conservatives push GOP candidates on clean energy. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: A chart from the World Resources Institute breaks down state-by-state emissions. (Grist)

COMMENTARY: Cutting carbon emissions “will create wrenching change across America. In the end, though, we will be the better for it.” (Buffalo News)

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