Energy news in brief

** During President Donald Trump’s visit to a wildfire-plagued California, he rejected that climate change is at the root of the West Coast’s ongoing state of disaster and instead blamed poor forest management, saying “I don’t think science knows” what is actually happening in the state.

** The U.S. clean energy sector added 13,556 jobs in August, according to new analysis from BW Research Partnership, leaving 490,341 clean energy workers unemployed because of the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

** A nonprofit delivered 600 solar-powered lights over the weekend to people in Southwest Louisiana still left without power from Hurricane Laura.

** The Mexican government announced plans Monday to fulfill a longstanding promise to retrieve the bodies of 63 coal miners killed in a 2006 mine collapse — and get some coal to burn at the same time.

** Chemical and consumer goods company Henkel signs a virtual power purchase agreement to source 100% of its U.S. electricity from a Texas wind farm.

** Massachusetts transit officials say five electric buses put into service last year do not run as far as predicted and take too long to recharge.

** Connecticut sues Exxon over climate change, alleging the oil giant knew the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment.

** Pennsylvania reports drillers extracted a record amount of natural gas last year, nearly 10% more than in 2018.

** The automaker Daimler AG – of which Mercedes-Benz USA is a subsidiary – is set to pay $1.5 billion to the federal government and state of California to resolve emissions cheating allegations, as well as $700 million to settle U.S. consumer lawsuits.

** Google announces plans to power all its offices and data centers with only carbon-free electricity by 2030.

** California leads a coalition of 24 states and municipalities that includes Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon challenging the EPA’s rollback of oil and gas methane rules.

** Three Western U.S. Representatives urge Warren Buffet to move forward with the demolition of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams to save salmon populations.

** Los Altos, California is to vote on an ordinance to ban natural gas in new homes and businesses September 22.

** German automaker Daimler will pay a total of $1.5 billion to settle allegations lodged by the federal government and California regarding its emissions cheating on more than a quarter-million vehicles sold in the U.S.

**  A federal judge on Monday approved a deal between EPA and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson to settle allegations of emissions cheating.

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