Energy news in brief

** Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.

** A federal judge on Monday rejected a green group’s bid to block the Trump administration’s rewrite of rules implementing a bedrock environmental law.

** Dirk Vande Beek, who once managed public relations for Halliburton Co. and former Vice President Dick Cheney, has left the Energy Department.

** Heartland Institute, an influential climate-denial think tank bankrolled by President Donald Trump’s far-right billionaire donors has laid off nearly a dozen staffers amid financial troubles, according to three former employees.

** An eastern Iowa county creates a sustainability manager position to help coordinate local climate change and clean energy efforts. 

** Construction is complete on a new natural gas processing plant that doubles its processing capacity in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

** Experts say natural gas will play a big role in New Mexico’s transition to carbon-free electricity generation.