TRANSPORTATION: A Consumer Reports survey finds more than a third of Americans would consider buying an electric car, a sharp increase from 2020. (Grist)

ALSO:
• The Biden administration proposes requiring states to set targets for reducing emissions on federal highways. (Reuters)
• Clean energy advocates are working to get the word out to school districts about an upcoming deadline to apply for federal funding to replace aging diesel buses with electric and other cleaner models. (Energy News Network)

SUPREME COURT:
• Current and former FERC officials say the West Virginia vs. EPA ruling could limit regulators’ ability to consider climate change in pipeline decisions. (S&P Global)
• Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hopes the ruling will lead to a favorable outcome in his challenge to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to store waste in the Permian Basin. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• The Southeast’s third heat wave so far this summer prompted heat alerts Thursday for 65 million people across 16 states, and experts say it’ll only get hotter this weekend. (CNN)
• Arguments for two separate lawsuits against Pennsylvania’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will be heard this fall. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods says the price of carbon needs to double to make carbon capture financially viable. (OilPrice.com)

OIL & GAS:
The first federal oil and gas lease sale held after the Biden administration’s leasing pause draws criticism — from industry for its reduced scope, and from environmentalists for being held at all. (WyoFile, Billings Gazette) 
• A gas trade group spotlights planned carbon capture and liquified natural gas projects in Louisiana as evidence that North America’s gas industry will increasingly figure into global energy markets. (S&P Global)
• The Presbyterian Church divests from five oil companies that it says are not doing enough to address climate change. (Religion News)

GRID: The Department of Energy has opened applications for $2.3 billion in grant funds available to states and tribes to improve grid resilience. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Utah climate advocates hope the state’s bid to host the Olympic Games — and a requirement to minimize carbon emissions — will catalyze a clean energy transition in a state that gets 61% of its power from coal. (E&E News)
The U.S. EPA presses the Tennessee Valley Authority to consider renewables instead of natural gas to replace power when it closes a large coal-fired power plant near the Tennessee-Kentucky border. (E&E News)

COAL: A permit expires for what would have been Illinois’ last new coal mine after the company failed to break ground and opted against requesting an extension. (Commercial-News)

ELECTRIFICATION:
San Luis Obispo, California’s city council votes to ban natural gas hookups in all new construction beginning next year. (New Times)
An energy analyst finds that a rapid transition in Oregon from natural gas and electric resistance heating and cooling appliances to electric heat pumps would nearly halve carbon emissions. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• A conservative climate advocate says the West Virginia vs. EPA decisions shows the need to further incentivize clean energy innovation and rely less on regulators to slow emissions. (The Hill)
• Energy writer Sammy Roth explains why the Supreme Court decision is not “game over” for climate. (Los Angeles Times)

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Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.