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Florida governor remains lukewarm on climate change

PIPELINES: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration is delaying until mid-December its decision on whether to permit the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, requesting additional information on its potential impact on more than 300 nearby waterways. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO:
• Police issued summonses to 19 people protesting proposed natural gas pipeline projects at the Virginia DEQ main office after they refused to leave. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Hundreds of faith leaders in seven cities in Virginia gathered to protest the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. (Blue Virginia)

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HURRICANE IRMA:
A Florida Power & Light official said Thursday that the utility hopes to restore power by Sunday evening to residents affected by Hurricane Irma. (Sun Sentinel)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is still facing criticism over his stance on global warming in the wake of Hurricane Irma, while President Trump seems to be downplaying the relationship, saying, “We’ve had bigger storms than this.” (Politico, Miami Herald)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
The new FERC Chairman said Thursday that the nation’s electricity grid watchdog will evaluate whether to help preserve coal and nuclear plants during the transition to renewable energy sources. (Washington Examiner)
• Officials in Hillsborough, North Carolina, set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, making it the first city in the state to do so and the 43rd in the country. (Solar Industry)

UTILITIES:
• The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to uphold a state law that shields companies from having to give refunds or lower their rates for several years, even if regulators have found their base rates are too high. (Associated Press)
• The CEO of Mississippi Power Co. defends the failed Kemper “clean coal” plant, saying if money was “unlimited, I think we would have gotten there.” (Meridian Star)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority is now warning workers with posted signs that coal ash can harm their lungs. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

CLIMATE: Recent natural disasters, including hurricanes in the South and wildfires in the West, are reviving political discussions on climate change. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• An analysis looks at the benefits of bipartisan support for legislative effort to strengthen a tax credit for carbon capture and storage. (Washington Post)
Based on environmental factors, it’s reasonable to be wary about the push for quick approval being made by those in charge of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A guest columnist examines the possibility of consolidating two pipelines into a single route through Appalachia. (Roanoke Times)
• Questions as to whether Florida Power & Light did enough following Hurricane Irma include the utility’s mandates on customers’ solar power systems. (Miami New Times) 
• The demise of coal stems from its physical properties that “make it an inferior source of energy,” not politics. (Reuters)

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