PUBLIC LANDS: President Joe Biden plans to visit Nevada next week to designate the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument, permanently blocking wind and solar development across much of the southern tip of the state. (Las Vegas Sun)
• California environmental justice and consumer advocates call on Los Angeles to investigate SoCalGas for potential “price gouging and market manipulation.” (Los Angeles Times)
• Hawaiian Electric prepares to launch its time-of-use rate pilot program this summer. (Hawaii Public Radio)
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OIL & GAS:
• Colorado oil and gas companies propose putting up $562 million to assure their wells will be plugged at the end of their lives, but advocates say it is only a fraction of what is needed. (Colorado Sun)
• A California county postpones a decision on a proposal to restart an oil pipeline shut down since it ruptured and spilled 100,000 gallons of crude in 2015. (Santa Maria Times)
• Climate advocates’ TikTok campaign calling on the Biden administration to block ConocoPhillips’ proposed Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska goes viral, drawing global attention to the cause. (Washington Post)
• Northwest medical professionals urge federal regulators to reject a proposed expansion of a natural gas pipeline stretching from Canada to northern California. (Common Dreams)
COAL: A New Mexico county approves a plan for demolishing the shuttered San Juan coal plant and remediating the site, precluding any possibility of reviving the facility. (NM Political Report)
POLLUTION: Colorado advocates urge the state to back the U.S. EPA in its effort to increase restrictions on fossil fuel pollution drifting into the state from Utah. (Colorado Sun)
• Washington state’s first greenhouse gas pollution auction generates an estimated $300 million with the per-ton carbon cost settling higher than California’s. (Seattle Times)
• Nevada advocates propose legislation that would implement health protections for outdoor workers and otherwise address climate change’s disproportionate impacts on underserved communities. (Nevada Independent)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado prepares to launch a program exchanging older gasoline fueled cars for a $6,000 point-of-sale rebate on electric vehicle purchases for qualifying residents. (CPR)
ELECTRIFICATION: A Colorado startup aims to be a “one-stop shop” guiding customers through the home electrification process. (Canary Media)
TRANSPORTATION: Rural Colorado leaders push back on an amendment to a state free-transit bill that would reduce transportation funding in low-population areas. (Colorado Sun)
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SOLAR: A New Mexico city relaunches a program aimed at bringing more affordable solar options to low and moderate-income households. (KRQE)
NUCLEAR: Wyoming commits to spending $3 million to upgrade a coal town’s water system to accommodate TerraPower’s proposed advanced nuclear reactor. (Casper Star-Tribune)