Daily Digest

Reactions to the Pope’s encyclical vary throughout the region

CLIMATE:
• Throughout the Southeast U.S., reactions vary widely to the Pope’s encyclical. (The Times-Picayune, Miami Herald)
• A Catholic bishop in West Virginia sees a framework for climate action emerging based on the Pope’s encyclical. (The Charleston Gazette)
Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light is struggling to link faith with climate advocacy. (The Nashville Ledger)

ENERGY STORAGE:
• A Charlotte company completes deal to supply power storage systems to utility grids. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A small North Carolina startup is working with light bulb maker Cree to integrate battery storage on the power grid. (Triangle Business Journal)

UTILITIES:
• The Public Service Commission clears Florida Power & Light’s investment in natural gas fracking in Oklahoma. (Palm Beach Post)
• Utilities and the White House assess how best to recover quickly from natural disasters and cyber or physical attacks. (EnergyWire)

COAL ASH: Residents of Lee and Chatham counties in North Carolina are urged to demand tougher coal ash disposal rules. (The Fayetteville Observer)

PIPELINES: The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance formally opposes the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The Charleston Gazette)

COAL:
West Virginia signs coal, other agreements with Shanxi Province in China. (The Charleston Gazette)
• Amid rising coal layoffs, more women are becoming the main household breadwinners throughout Appalachia. (West Virginia Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
• The battle over new oil train rules pits safety vs. cost. (West Virginia Public Radio)
• A refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana owned by Exxon and a Venezuelan partner is to be sold to a New Jersey energy company. (The Times-Picayune)

HYDRO: Elementary school students get a up-close tour of the Martin Dam in Alabama.  (Alexandria City Outlook)

COMMENTARY:
• Let’s hope the Pope’s encyclical stirs action on climate change – column. (Columbia Daily Herald, Tennessee)
• The Pope’s encyclical could be a tipping point on climate action – opinion. (The Virginian Pilot)

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