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The memo lists five priority areas (in this order): military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance, and health. Each is prefaced by the word “American” in keeping with the administration’s approach to branding issues. more…

A new study shows that renewables, particularly solar and wind energy, have significantly improved air quality in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The increased use of solar and wind resulted in thousands of lives saved. more…

Since February of this year, the Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline has racked up more environmental violations than other major interstate natural gas pipelines built in the last two years. more…

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Walking the Line: A two-week journey on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Zoe Krylova

Opponents walk the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline path through five Virginia counties to celebrate what’s at risk. Daily Climate

Coal to solar switch could save 52,000 US lives per year.

Swapping out coal energy for solar would prevent 52,000 premature deaths in the United States every year. Daily Climate

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife.

Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising reductions. Daily Climate

At the Women's March, a call for climate protection, too.

Amid a sea of signs and pink hats, plenty of people also marched for environment and climate science. Daily Climate

Editorials

Phasing out nuclear power a must for Japan’s new energy plan.

While combining a nuclear phase-out with a fight against global warming won't be an easy task, advances in energy-saving technologies and in renewable energy options have lowered the hurdles for pursuing both. more…

What's next for energy in Virginia?

Virginia lags behind neighbors such as North Carolina in the development of solar power, but lately it has been taking steps to catch up. more…

More on energy and health

Enbridge Line 3 options all would hurt American Indians, report says.

Enbridge's route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on American Indians in northern Minnesota. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota

Inside the oil spill that followed Trudeau to China.

There is certain information about Husky Energy’s catastrophic oil spill in Saskatchewan last summer that you won’t find on the company’s brand new website. National Observer, Canada

Court lets Exxon off hook for pipeline spill in Arkansas neighborhood.

'Despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,' the court said in overturning several violations against the oil giant. InsideClimate News

Incinerator boss Ian Malouf defends pollution record.

The controversial waste management magnate behind plans to build a massive "energy-from-waste incinerator" near homes in western Sydney defended his environmental track record before a fiery parliamentary inquiry. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Colstrip ash pond cleanup will cost $138M, Talen Energy estimates.

It’s estimated that every year 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeps from the ash ponds into the groundwater, rendering the groundwater undrinkable for the Colstrip community of about 2,300. Billings Gazette, Montana

Second crude spill hits one mile of Kuwait coast: Agency.

Kuwaiti authorities said on Tuesday they were battling a new crude oil spill in the Abu Fatira area, a day after containing an initial leak that contaminated southern waters. Reuters

Opinions

Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy.

While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. more…

Poor air quality is the true cost of coal.

Smoky Sydney skies this week are a reminder of the cost air pollution is having on our community. While toxic emissions from coal-fired power stations go into the air we breathe, they also fly largely under the radar. more…

Economics

Some Democrats see tax overhaul as a path to taxing carbon.

Two Senate Democrats are advocating a carbon tax plan that would cut the corporate tax rate as well as greenhouse gas emissions. New York Times

California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters.

The air board’s generous impulse toward those polluters was an abrupt reversal of previous plans, ran counter to staff recommendations, and left at least one confused board member later saying he wished he had abstained from voting. CALMatters, California

Suniva, seeking tariffs on foreign solar panels, faces tough questions from ITC.

Why didn't manufacturers thrive while the rest of the U.S. solar industry was booming? How a federal commission answers that could upend an industry. InsideClimate News

Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems.

Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal. Reuters

Al Gore interview: Fixing democracy to combat climate change.

Al Gore makes the profound statement that Western democracies are broken and in order to solve the climate crisis they need to fix democracy. The Conversation

Can business save the world from climate change?

A growing number of initiatives are giving corporations the resources to help achieve global climate goals regardless of government support. Ensia

Solutions and Good News

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money.

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out. Vox

Cold food, hot air.

EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire

Floating solar power: A new frontier for green-leaning water utilities.

Solar panel installations have primarily been installed on land. Now two California water utilities are building floating solar-power projects at their reservoirs to reap energy savings and other benefits. Water Deeply

Q&A: North Carolina researchers confront health fears about solar.

As large-scale solar projects have proliferated across North Carolina, some critics have pushed back with a surprising critique: photovoltaic panels, while beloved by environmental advocates, are a danger to public health. Southeast Energy News

How a Harley-riding ex-ally of villains is leading a nuke revolt.

For this staunch anti-nuclear activist, the risk of a meltdown outweighs the benefits of the relatively clean source of power. Bloomberg News

Greens call for bolder climate change approach in Scotland.

The Scottish Greens have called for a “bold” approach to tackling climate change by introducing a target date of 2040 for zero net carbon emissions north of the Border. Edinburgh Scotsman, United Kingdom

Fracking

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch.

Many of the fracking jobs require highly technical skills and are often going to experienced workers brought in from out of state who then move on to the next job without sinking roots. Bloomberg News

UK fracking may produce less fuel than claimed, says geologist.

Fracking for oil and gas in the UK may produce much less fuel - and profits - than has been mooted, according to research based on seismic imaging of the country’s underlying geology. The Guardian

Fracking not viable in UK’s “deformed” rocks.

The UK’s new dash for unconventional oil and gas has come 55 million years too late, according to a leading Scottish academic. Edinburgh Scotsman, United Kingdom

Gas flaring rises despite North Dakota regulations.

Gas flaring in North Dakota's Bakken Shale oil field has been creeping back up, blunting the state's efforts to tame a problem that came to symbolize the excesses of the oil boom. EnergyWire

Coal

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money.

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out. Vox

Cold food, hot air.

EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire

Norway′s climate hypocrisy: Clean at home, dirty in the Arctic.

Norway trumpets its low carbon footprint, but a new report says plans to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic will increase its emissions by half again - making a mockery of its Paris Agreement promises. Deutsche Welle, Germany

Australia emits mercury at double the global average.

A report released this week by advocacy group Environmental Justice Australia presents a confronting analysis of toxic emissions from Australia’s coal-fired power plants. The Conversation, Australia

Energy and climate

Hilcorp’s Arctic offshore drilling plan advances, but impact statement cites concerns.

The federal environmental impact statement moves the project ahead but cites concerns about effects on climate change, marine life and local communities. InsideClimate News

Governor urges Trump to drop Virginia from offshore drilling plan.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday. Reuters

As coal plants close, groups scrutinize plans for more gas-fired generation in Michigan.

Plans to build natural gas plants to replace coal-fired generation in Michigan are facing scrutiny from advocates looking to ensure renewable energy and energy efficiency are also being considered. Midwest Energy News, United States

West Coast governors tell Trump: No oil, gas leases off our coast.

Oil and gas leasing must never again be allowed in sensitive marine waters off the West Coast, the governors of three states told U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Trump administration, in a blunt letter Thursday. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Washington