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Dems allege hypocrisy after Trump excuses Florida from offshore drilling plan

OFFSHORE DRILLING: After the Trump administration dropped Florida from its offshore drilling push, coastal state Democrats accused the White House of hypocrisy for not recognizing other states’ concerns about the potential impact on tourism. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Other states that want to be exempt from the offshore drilling plan including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. (Washington Post, News & Observer, Post and Courier, Virginian-Pilot)
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The American Petroleum Institute criticized the Trump administration’s decision to remove Florida from its offshore drilling plan as “premature.” (Washington Examiner)

NUCLEAR: Virginia-based Dominion Energy is working to win over South Carolina lawmakers, regulators and electric customers less than a week after announcing its proposed takeover of the state’s SCANA utility company. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• Dominion Energy is investing $1 billion in its solar fleet in Virginia and North Carolina, making it among the country’s utilities with the largest solar portfolios. (WTOP)
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Solar companies are asking South Carolina’s new legislative energy caucus to lift the state’s cap on residential solar projects. (Post and Courier)
 A look at Alabama’s solar market, which is ranked one of the worst in the country. (Greentech Media)
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The first residents have moved to a planned Florida community that will rely solely on solar power. (Orlando Weekly)

COAL: A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate would give tax breaks to businesses developing on coal mine sites. (WSAZ 3)

JOBS: Oak Ridge National Laboratory plans to lay off about 100 employees; cuts have targeted research areas including climate change research done for the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

NATURAL GAS: Operations have begun at Advanced Power 700-MW natural gas electric generation facility in Tennessee. (Power Engineering)

COMMENTARY:
• Three North Carolina high school students explain why the state must act now to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (Charlotte Observer)
• The Los Angeles Times editorial board says Florida Gov. Rick Scott seems to have found the secret to getting the Trump administration to undo a “stupid and dangerous policy” offshore drilling plan: be a Republican and just ask.

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