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North Carolina joins multi-state climate alliance

CLIMATE: North Carolina becomes the fifteenth state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, as the group announces it is on track to meet Paris accord targets despite the Trump administration. (News & Observer, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: An analysis looks at how much these states really can do on climate by themselves without help from the federal government. (New York Times)

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COAL ASH: Environmental groups are threatening to sue Duke Energy to force online access to federally mandating maps outlining what would happen if any of the utility’s coal ash dams failed. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• As the nuclear power industry struggles to hold on to its share of the country’s electricity production, some experts say as many as half of the nation’s 99 nuclear reactors could be shut down in the coming decades. (Reuters)
• Nuclear energy advocates are pinning their hopes on the Trump administration and a Republican lawmaker from Georgia to champion nuclear tax credits worth hundreds of millions of dollars. (E&E News)

STORAGE: Duke Energy plans to install its first large-scale battery storage units in 2019 in two locations in North Carolina. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)

HURRICANE IRMA: As cleanup from Hurricane Irma continues, Florida is considering how nursing homes should be required to deal with power outages and also whether to set up gas reserves to counter shortages during evacuations. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: A report from a clean energy research group says the U.S. doesn’t need more natural gas pipelines and utilities are overestimating future demand from power plants. (WVTF)

OIL & GAS:
• A new report summarizes what researchers have discovered about where oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster traveled in the Gulf of Mexico. (Coastal Review Online)
• Five legacy lawsuits against oil and gas companies that allege damaged wetlands in a Louisiana parish are scheduled for trial in 2019. (Times-Picayune)
• Oil and gas infrastructure on the Gulf Coast remains at high risk from hurricanes, and there isn’t much to replace the industry if it goes away. (CityLab)

COMMENTARY:
• A guest columnist says Virginia doesn’t need either of the two proposed natural gas pipeline projects in the state. (Roanoke Times)
• For political reasons, EPA head Scott Pruitt never thinks it’s the right time to talk about climate change, seemingly suggesting “that if we all just whistle a happy tune the oceans will calm and sea levels will sink.” (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A lawmaker from Virginia is advocating for Amazon to build its proposed second headquarters in the state, saying benefits include bringing renewable energy to the region(Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s denial of climate change in the wake of Hurricane Irma is “the perfect example of how U.S. leaders fail to meet the challenge of our lifetime.” (Rolling Stone)
• A guest columnist and CEO of a Virginia-based solar company says the future of the U.S. solar industry is at stake as the federal government considers import tariffs that would “stifle job creation for the sake of two bad companies.” (News Virginian)

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