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Wyoming lawmakers move to repeal wind energy tax breaks

WIND: Following an unexpected committee decision last week, Wyoming lawmakers will propose a bill this fall to eliminate tax breaks for new wind farms in the state. (Casper Star Tribune)

ALSO: Residents in a Wyoming county present a petition calling for tougher regulations on wind farm development. (Casper Star Tribune)

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CLIMATE:
While California Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to be reluctant to criticize President Trump’s climate denial publicly, others in his administration are not. (Associated Press)
• The West’s extreme weather is causing more frequent failures on aging and antiquated power grid infrastructure. (Deseret News)

SOLAR: A Denver developer announces plans to build 13 MW of new community solar in Colorado. (Denver Business Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• Permian Basin oil and gas companies continue to rush to secure new drilling permits ahead of November’s presidential election, concerned that a Joe Biden administration could end fracking on federal lands. (E&E News)
• Native American tribal nations and environmental groups file lawsuits challenging the EPA’s rollback of methane emissions standards for oil and gas companies. (news release)
• The group behind an Alaska oil tax measure objects to an advertisement tying it to “extreme environmental groups” from outside of the state. (Anchorage Daily News)
• An oil company sues a Colorado town, claiming it’s being unfairly targeted by a new noise ordinance. (Greeley Tribune)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
President Trump blames California for its devastating wildfires, but two of every three charred acres in California, Oregon, and Washington have been on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Redding Searchlight)
Senate Democrats continue to push for the removal of William Perry Pendley as head of the Bureau of Land Management. (The Hill)
A second lawsuit is filed against the Bureau of Land Management over the resource management plan for its Colorado field office. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich pushes back on a newspaper editorial and says climate change, not renewable energy, is the real threat to a reliable power grid and health. (Albuquerque Journal)
A New Mexico journalist and author in an interview discusses the consequences of drilling on the Navajo Nation and her own feelings of “climate grief.” (High Country News)

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