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TRANSPORTATION: A southern California transportation authority becomes the nation’s first all-electric, zero-emissions transit agency, 18 years before the state’s deadline. (Canary Media)

ALSO:
An Arizona electric vehicle manufacturer begins selling zero-emission big rigs from a Colorado equipment dealership. (news release)
Montana is set to receive $43 million and Wyoming $24 million in federal infrastructure funds over the next five years to install direct-current fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure. (news releases)
Advocates say a California rule requiring rideshare services to convert 90% of their fleets to electric vehicles unfairly burdens independent contractor drivers. (Wired) 

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OIL & GAS:
Environmental groups sue to obtain records relating to the U.S. Interior Department’s November oil and gas program report, saying it failed to address climate change. (CNN)
A California court will consider next month whether to allow Kern County to resume oil and gas permitting under a streamlined review system opposed by environmentalists and landowners. (Bakersfield Californian)
ConocoPhillips continues to seek the cause of a methane leak detected over two weeks ago at one of its Alaska oil drilling facilities. (Anchorage Daily News)
Colorado environmental advocates use thermographic cameras to track methane emissions from orphaned oil and gas wells. (Sierra)

COAL:
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signs a bill giving a tax break to coal companies that will save the industry $10 million annually while costing the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)
A Colorado county allocates $200,000 to develop ways to mitigate methane emissions from an abandoned coal mine. (Aspen Times)
Colorado coal communities team up to pursue state and federal just transition funds to soften the economic blow of pending power plant and mine closures. (Steamboat Pilot)

HYDROPOWER: Conservation groups call on the U.S. EPA to require hydropower facilities to report greenhouse gas emissions and say Nevada’s Hoover Dam emits 12.3 million tons of carbon annually. (S&P Global)

BIOFUELS: Hawaii lawmakers say they will focus on a state regulator nominee’s views on a stalled biomass power plant in upcoming confirmation hearings. (Honolulu Civil Beat) 

NUCLEAR: An Oregon small modular reactor developer could get a boost from the Ukraine crisis as European countries seek alternatives to Russian fossil fuels. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
An Alaska environmentalist urges lawmakers to pass a renewable portfolio standard bill, but to remove large hydropower and biofuels from the list of qualifying sources. (Juneau Empire)
A California environmental advocate says a plan to produce biofuels at oil refineries is a “diversion from the zero-carbon transportation and energy alternatives that we really need.” (East Bay Times)
Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause had no effect on domestic oil and gas production, nor will resuming lease sales, an energy journalist argues. (Land Desk)

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Jonathan P. Thompson

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.