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Witnesses say Exxon told two different stories on climate

CLIMATE: Witnesses testifying for the New York attorney general’s office say Exxon used two different sets of numbers to calculate climate risk — one to guide its investment decisions and another that it provided to shareholders. (Climate Liability News)

• Former Exxon scientists tell Congress about the company’s research that warned of the risks of climate change 40 years ago. (InsideClimate News)
• The Trump administration sues California, accusing the state of exceeding its constitutional authority by joining with Quebec in an emissions cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)
• In a speech at a shale gas convention in Pittsburgh, President Trump reiterates his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
• A new study finds climate change is increasingly the top policy priority for young voters. (The Hill)

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POLLUTION: Air pollution has worsened under President Trump after years of sustained improvement, with researchers saying cuts to Clean Air Act enforcement have contributed to some of the nearly 10,000 additional deaths from 2016-2018. (Washington Post)

OFFSHORE WIND: Two months after federal regulators delayed Vineyard Wind, the industry still has no idea when the project may finally win approval. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: Six years after an Exxon oil pipeline burst under an Arkansas town, newly revealed documents describe illnesses, property damage and a smell that still haunts residents. (InsideClimate News)

• Connecticut state officials release an electric vehicle policy roadmap a day after slashing state rebates for electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)
Tesla stock soars after it reported delivery of a record 97,000 vehicles in its Q3 earnings report. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Amazon announces three new renewable energy projects, including solar farms in Virginia and North Carolina totaling 215 megawatts. (CNET)

Regulated utilities’ use of self-scheduling to run coal plants when market prices drop cost ratepayers $3.5 billion between 2015 and 2017, according to a report released by the Sierra Club. (Utility Dive)
Environmental advocates say the closing of four Illinois coal plants and a coal mine brings urgency to clean energy legislation that would create new programs to help coal workers and communities. (WCBU)
• Coal-state senators back a bill to omit certain power plant upgrades from pre-construction permitting under the EPA’s New Source Review. (E&E News, subscription) 

NUCLEAR: The shutdown of a nuclear power plant on the New Jersey shore is returning waters to how they existed before the plant opened, including the revival of jellyfish populations. (Washington Post)

BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy will double their investment in renewable natural gas projects to $500 million. (National Hog Farmer) 

OHIO: A federal judge refuses to grant more time to gather petition signatures for an Ohio referendum on coal and nuclear plant bailouts, saying it is a constitutional question for the state Supreme Court. (Toledo Blade)

FINANCE: A group of Minnesota cooperatives use on-bill financing to help customers buy efficient appliances that shift electricity consumption to overnight hours when power is cheaper for the utility. (Energy News Network)

• Documents show a last-minute dispute between the U.S. EPA and USDA over the administration’s new plan for biofuel blending requirements. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will lobby the EPA to amend the proposal that she says favors refiners over farmers and ethanol producers. (Radio Iowa)

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Californians are looking to rooftop solar and batteries to keep them going through what they fear is “the new normal” (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E is under fire again for communications blunders, including tweeting another non-existent website ahead of its latest extended blackout. (Mercury News)

COMMENTARY: Energy consultants say aggressive state-sponsored renewable energy procurements are changing the risk profile for owners of power plants. (Utility Dive)

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