Energy news in brief

** Federal agents arrest Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others accused of accepting $60 million in bribes from an Akron utility to support a $1 billion bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear plants.

**  Twenty-one Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday over its rule to limit states’ authority to use environmental concerns to block pipelines, coal export terminals, dams and other infrastructure projects.

** Internal Facebook documents reveal that the office of a Louisiana congressman asked the company to reverse a fact-check on an article containing misinformation about climate change.

** Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy announces a net zero emissions electricity goal by 2050, saying it will deliver billions of dollars in savings for customers. 

** Plans for a major solar project in northwestern Indiana face opposition from some nearby landowners.

** Seven former and current employees file a lawsuit against the developer of a planned oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota claiming they are owed wages and bonuses.

** EV startup Rivian bolsters its lobbying team to push Congress for tax incentives, block various fees on drivers and ask states to allow direct vehicle sales to customers.

** Automakers are yet to significantly compete with Tesla in the electric vehicle market.

** The Democratic Senate hopeful from Iowa criticizes incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst’s ethanol record after previously accepting campaign contributions from oil industry officials. 

** Montana Gov. Steve Bullock files a federal lawsuit seeking to have William Perry Pendley removed as de facto director of the BLM, arguing that his appointment was illegal.

** Alaska Native land defenders and others push back on fossil fuel advocates labelling opposition to Arctic drilling as “green racism”.

** Oil and gas industry groups appeal a recent Alaska Supreme Court decision backing supporters of a ballot measure aiming to raise taxes on major oil producers.

** Construction begins in Arizona on a new 6.9- mile, 24.9kV power line part of the Moss Mine Federal Lands Expansion project.

** Colorado State University is set to receive $1 million in federal funding to design a thermal energy storage system with carbon capture.

** Apple announced Tuesday it would strive to neutralize carbon emissions across the company and its supply chain by 2030. Hours later, Microsoft doubled down on its goal to pull more carbon from the atmosphere than it’s produced in its history by the end of the decade. Taken together, the announcements mark an escalation in Silicon Valley’s competition to be the sector’s green champion.

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