TRANSITION: California labor unions form a political coalition aimed at lobbying state lawmakers to help fossil fuel workers transition to clean energy jobs and protect workers from global warming’s effects. (Los Angeles Times)


OIL & GAS: A New Mexico county votes to oppose a utility’s proposed liquefied natural gas storage facility on the outskirts of Rio Rancho following an outpouring of safety and climate concerns. (KRQE)

CLEAN ENERGY: The federal Bureau of Land Management’s Idaho office begins requiring clean energy developers to gather public input on proposed projects before the agency’s environmental review. (KIFI)



ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The U.S. EPA allocates tens of millions of dollars to Western projects aimed at advancing environmental justice, ranging from pollution monitoring to health impact assessments to home electrification efforts. (news release)

GRID: Idaho launches a federally funded $9.3 million grant program for utilities and electric cooperatives to harden power grids against extreme weather and wildfires. (Boise State Public Radio

EFFICIENCY: Public Service Company of New Mexico awards 40 nonprofits $200,000 for efficiency upgrades. (KRQE)


CLIMATE: Residents of California’s San Joaquin Valley struggle to adapt to living in what experts call a front line for climate change impacts. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES: Wyoming lawmakers consider a raft of bills aimed at protecting ratepayers from rising utility costs. (WyoFile)

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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.