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Oil companies taking big gamble on climate change

CLIMATE:
• Big oil companies may be taking a major financial risk by ignoring shareholder resolutions on climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says if he’s elected president, “we’re going to address climate change.” (Politico)

FRACKING: The EPA clarifies that, despite some media reports, its recent report on water pollution from fracking does not conclude that the practice is safe. (Charleston Gazette)

COAL:
• Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says in a visit to West Virginia that Obama administration officials aren’t “turning our backs on coal.” (Associated Press)
• West Virginia officials order a mine near a state forest to stop operations because of multiple violations. (Charleston Gazette)
• A West Virginia mine that was part of a major Murray Energy layoff announcement will resume operations. (Dominion Post)
• Coal miners rally against the Clean Power Plan. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
• A Mississippi utility’s credit rating is cut over a struggling coal plant project. (Associated Press)
• An Alabama coal company may file for bankruptcy. (Tuscaloosa News/Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators issue permits for Duke Energy to dump coal ash into open-pit clay mines. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: A jury acquits a BP executive of making false statements following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (NPR)

GREEN ECONOMY: Despite political pushback from coal supporters, a renewable energy laboratory at the University of Louisville spins off two new companies. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

WIND: What Virginia could learn from Denmark about offshore wind. (WVTF)

SOLAR:
• A Roanoke program nearly doubles the city’s installed solar capacity. (Roanoke Times)
• A Georgia retirement community ends its ban on solar panels. (Savannah Morning News)

COMMENTARY: ALEC is losing its battle against clean energy. (Climate Progress)

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