CLEAN ENERGY: Oregon lawmakers say Amazon has quietly lobbied against a bill that would require cryptocurrency miners and data centers to use clean energy even as the Seattle company publicly pledges to become zero-carbon. (Oregonian)

• The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks a $30 million budget increase for next year, including $20 million to accelerate clean energy permitting and planning. (E&E News, subscription)
A Colorado city signs an agreement with an electricity cooperative to provide 100% of the city’s power from clean energy sources. (Gunnison Times)

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Developers suspend work on a cobalt mine in Idaho poised to become the nation’s first of its kind, citing low prices and rising construction costs. (Missoulian)  
Montana and federal scientists plan an aerial survey of a recently identified rare earth elements deposit in the Bitterroot Mountains. (Missoulian) 

SOLAR: The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to hold a public forum on the proposed 400 MW Eagle Eye Solar Project in western Arizona. (news release)

• New Mexico officials say a news outlet’s reporting about the U.S. EPA settling pollution cases without imposing penalties led regulators to order two Permian Basin oil and gas operators to pay nearly $6.7 million for air quality violations. (Capital & Main)
An advocacy group’s polling finds U.S. voters’ approval of President Biden’s handling of climate change declined after he approved the Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska. (Common Dreams)
• The operator of a Wyoming oil and gas field scrambles to acquire a federal wastewater injection well permit ahead of its own deadline for the project “to be successful.” (WyoFile)

HYDROGEN: The Fort Peck Indian Community and its corporate partners advance a proposed wind-powered hydrogen fuel and fertilizer production facility in Montana that would capture and sequester carbon in the Bakken oil fields. (Daily Montanan)

Indigenous leaders urge regulators to crack down on coal mines in Canada blamed for contaminating rivers that cross the border into Idaho and Montana. (Flathead Beacon)
A Wyoming lawmaker accuses BNSF Railway of failing to meet contractual terms for coal shipments from the state. (Wyoming Public Radio)

POLLUTION: An Arizona environment official urges federal lawmakers to support the U.S. EPA’s proposal to cut air pollution that drifts into neighboring states. (Cronkite News)

GRID: A report finds extreme weather poses the biggest threat to Western power grid reliability, surpassing cyberattacks, resource adequacy and growing customer loads. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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Jonathan hails from southwestern Colorado and has been writing about the land, cultures, and communities of the Western United States for more than two decades. He compiles the Western Energy News digest. He is the author of three books, a contributing editor at High Country News, and the editor of the Land Desk, an e-newsletter that provides coverage and context on issues critical to the West.