ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford announces it’ll cut the price of its electric F-150 Lightning by as much as $10,000, signaling a potential price war among electric truck manufacturers as EV sales slow. (CNBC, Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Insurance industry watchdogs say firms’ heightened prices in climate-vulnerable states amount to exploitation, especially considering their roles in propping up the fossil fuel industry. (Lever)
• Global warming is fueling a mass migration of insects, bacteria and other creatures, bringing the diseases they carry into human communities. (Associated Press/Grist)
• The Southwest’s unprecedented heat wave shows no signs of letting up and begins expanding eastward, bringing high temperatures and humidity to the Gulf Coast and Southeast. (The Hill, Washington Post)

RENEWABLES:
• The U.S.’s slow pace of transmission development is making it impossible to quickly deploy renewable energy and storage projects, severely limiting the country’s emissions reduction potential, researchers find. (Utility Dive)
• The world is on track to triple its renewable energy capacity by 2030 if deployment stays on its current exponential trajectory, an analysis finds. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland defends the Biden administration’s approval of the Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska, saying it will bring jobs and revenue to the region. (Washington Post)
• As the Mountain Valley Pipeline appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court to overcome legal hurdles, an energy expert says its construction was motivated not by utilities’ need but by gas suppliers. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

UTILITIES:
• ComEd will no longer face criminal charges after a federal judge dismissed bribery charges against the utility related to a scheme that led to the indictment of former House Speaker Michael Madigan and the conviction of former executives. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• A court orders federal regulators to reconsider their approval of a Southeast electricity-trading platform, warning the coalition’s rules may violate requirements that transmission owners provide open access. (WFAE, Utility Dive)

POLITICS: Republican lawmakers are moving away from outright climate change denial, but largely push ineffective ideas, such as planting a trillion trees, to address it. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal regulators complete the 880 MW Revolution Wind project’s final environmental review, suggesting a “preferred alternative” reducing the number of turbines but maintaining the power production goal. (Hartford Courant)

CRITICAL MINERALS: A federal appeals court rejects tribal nations’ and conservationists’ bid to block construction at the Thacker Pass lithium mine in northern Nevada. (Associated Press) 

EQUITY: The University of Connecticut and a state agency release a mapping tool to visualize socioeconomic factors, pollution exposure and health disparities in environmental justice communities across the state. (Energy News Network)

BIOFUELS: Oregon conservationists raise concerns about a proposed facility that would convert woody biomass from forest-thinning projects into biogas and hydrogen fuel. (Sierra)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. is trailing China on clean energy and electric vehicle technology, and needs to cooperate with the country to catch up, a climate journalist argues. (New York Times)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.