Report grades states on climate change preparedness

• A new report ranks states according to their preparedness for climate change. (International Business Times)
• A study of six cities finds politicization of climate science is holding back adaptation efforts. (ClimateWire)
• A report finds decarbonizing the U.S. economy would result in a net creation of 2 million jobs. (InsideClimate News)

• A House panel approves a bill to block EPA carbon limits. (The Hill)
• House Republicans hold hearings to undermine Paris climate negotiations.

In largely symbolic gesture, Senate votes to strike down climate rules

EPA: The EPA proposes tougher limits on emissions in states that impact their downwind neighbors, and may exempt Florida and South Carolina from the rule. (Associated Press) 

• In a largely symbolic gesture, the Senate votes to strike down President Obama's two most far-reaching emission reduction rules. (New York Times)
• Advocates file two more ballot initiatives to advance clean energy policy in Oregon. (Portland Business Journal)

• The Bureau of Land Management postpones an auction of oil and gas leases on federal land in Utah because of a high level of interest from climate advocates. (Deseret News)
• A new report outlines areas of the U.S. where the grid is most at risk from climate change.

GOP candidates backing down on ‘war on coal’ rhetoric

POLITICS: Republican candidates are backing down on "war on coal" rhetoric, finding it doesn't resonate with younger voters. (The Hill)

• U.S. forests' declining ability to store carbon could mean more aggressive targets are needed. (Washington Post)
• An industry group says natural gas deserves more credit for cutting emissions. (The Hill)
• Facing a vexing chemistry problem, researchers try to find more industrial applications for carbon dioxide. (Chemical & Engineering News)
• Science museums are cutting ties with fossil fuel industries.

Terrorist attacks won’t deter Paris climate summit

• The Paris climate summit will proceed despite terrorist attacks that killed more than 100 people on Friday night. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz emphasizes his departments "all of the above" objective "starts out with a commitment to low carbon." (The Hill)
• A 13-year-old sues North Carolina for failing to act on climate change. (Raleigh News & Observer)

• The Sierra Club says politically vulnerable U.S. senators will win support from voters by supporting EPA carbon rules. (The Hill)
• Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper reiterates his state's commitment to meeting carbon targets: "We're going to do this come hell or high water."

Study of six states finds rooftop solar boosts property values

• In a Q&A with InsideClimate News, scientist Michael Mann says investigations into ExxonMobils efforts to cast doubt on climate science "confirmed things that we had long suspected." • New York's settlement requiring Peabody Energy to disclose climate risks to investors could be expanded to other industries. (Reuters)

• A Nevada official says the state is "well positioned" to comply with the Clean Power Plan. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• The governor of Montana, which faces steeper emissions cuts than any other state, forms an advisory panel to develop the state's response to federal carbon rules. (Associated Press)

• The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds rooftop solar systems boost their resale value by an average $15,000 in the six states studied.

In the California desert, a clean energy goldmine

CLEAN ENERGY: The Obama administration says a Rhode Island-sized swath of California desert could host 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy – equivalent to the current solar capacity for the entire U.S. (Mother Jones)

WIND: A proposed Massachusetts offshore wind farm would be the world's largest. (Bloomberg)

• Utilities and regulators discuss how to maintain reliability as carbon regulations prompt changes in the energy mix. (Utility Dive)
• An Ohio utility's CEO says the Clean Power Plan can help the utility as it moves to diversify its energy mix. (Columbus Business First)

CLIMATE: Shareholders push ExxonMobil to take more responsibility on climate change. (InsideClimate News)

• Former FERC chair Jon Wellinghoff warns utilities that investments in natural gas infrastructure could backfire as energy storage becomes more viable.

GOP lawmakers seek overhaul of key 1978 clean energy law

• A new report warns the world's transition from fossil fuels isn't happening quickly enough. (New York Times)
• The city council in Denton, Texas takes up a plan to move to 70 percent renewable energy. (KERA)

• EPA director Gina McCarthy suggests Texas would prefer to have its own plan to comply with carbon rules, rather than have the EPA dictate one. (Texas Tribune)
• Most states that have joined the lawsuit against the federal rules are also mulling how they might comply, including Indiana's once-defiant governor. (ClimateWire)

• Republican lawmakers want FERC to re-evaluate the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, a 1978 law that has helped spur renewable energy adoption.

More heat on Exxon for spreading doubt about warming

• New York's attorney general issues a subpoena to examine whether ExxonMobil lied to investors about the risks of climate change to its business. (InsideClimate News)
• The New York investigation could expand to include other oil companies. (New York Times)
• ExxonMobil's CEO denies misleading the public on climate change, but doesn't address the company's funding of misinformation campaigns. (InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE: A Pew Research Center poll of 40 countries finds that in all but one (Pakistan), a majority of respondents support limits on greenhouse gases. (New York Times)

• North Carolina officials advance a plan to partially address Clean Power Plan targets, setting up a possible legal showdown with the EPA.

States line up to defend the Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Eighteen states, led by New York, seek to defend the Clean Power Plan in a legal action. (Greenwire)

• Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper files a petition with the state Supreme Court challenging his attorney general's decision to join a lawsuit opposing the plan. (Denver Business Journal)
• "We don't change directions easily": Rural co-ops discuss how to meet Clean Power Plan targets at a meeting in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

KEYSTONE XL: The State Department formally rejects TransCanada's request to suspend review of the Keystone XL project. (Reuters)

• A federal judge rejects Obama administration approval of a Nevada wind project, saying the Interior Department didn't do enough to evaluate impact on eagles and tortoises.

Rural co-ops explore options for meeting Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Eighteen states, including Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota, seek to defend the Clean Power Plan in a legal action. (Greenwire)

• "We don't change directions easily": Rural co-ops discuss how to meet Clean Power Plan targets at a meeting in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A forum in Kansas explores the state's options for meeting carbon targets. (Topeka Capital Journal)

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• Michigan regulators say the amount of new wind contracts in the state may have peaked by 2014 due in part to the state's renewable energy standard leveling off. (Midwest Energy News)
• A new wind project will help Michigan co-ops triple the state's 10 percent renewable standard.