CLIMATE: Exxon’s lawyer decries New York’s climate lawsuit as a “cruel joke” as a judge will now decide whether the company misled investors about the threat of climate change. (Reuters)
• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, once a strident opponent of action on climate change, now supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. (Axios)
• Bill Weld, a Massachusetts Republican mounting a primary challenge to President Trump, has been vocal in supporting stronger action on climate change in order to connect with younger voters. (E&E News)
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HYDROPOWER: The operator of the Conowingo Dam reaches a $200 million settlement with the state of Maryland over buildups of sediment and debris that have led to pollution problems in the Chesapeake Bay. (Baltimore Sun)
• New Jersey utility PSEG seeks to acquire a major stake in a proposed offshore wind farm. (NJ Spotlight)
• Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins co-sponsors a bill that would provide competitive grants for improving wind energy technology. (MaineBiz)
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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A bill in New Jersey would offer rebates of up to $5,000 for electric vehicles as well as expanding charging infrastructure. (NJ Spotlight)
EPA: Attorneys general from Pennsylvania and 12 other states say a refinery explosion in Philadelphia earlier this year shows why the EPA should not roll back accident prevention standards. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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PIPELINES: A Boston regional planning agency is revisiting a study that supported construction of a compressor station after finding it was based on incomplete data.
CLIMATE: Providence, Rhode Island unveils a climate justice plan that aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while ensuring resources are targeted to “frontline communities.” (Providence Journal)
• A Massachusetts agency opens a new investigation into a series of natural gas line explosions that killed a person in 2018. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station plan a new legal challenge after key permits are upheld. (WBUR)
• Plans for a new gas-fired power plant in Connecticut have become a flashpoint in the state’s debate over climate change. (CT Mirror)
• Developers of a proposed pipeline withdraw their proposal to New Jersey regulators but say they will refile soon. (Associated Press)
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CLIMATE: Witnesses testifying for the New York attorney general’s office say Exxon used two different sets of numbers to calculate climate risk — one to guide its investment decisions and another that it provided to shareholders. (Climate Liability News)
• Former Exxon scientists tell Congress about the company’s research that warned of the risks of climate change 40 years ago. (InsideClimate News)
• The Trump administration sues California, accusing the state of exceeding its constitutional authority by joining with Quebec in an emissions cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)
• In a speech at a shale gas convention in Pittsburgh, President Trump reiterates his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
• A new study finds climate change is increasingly the top policy priority for young voters.