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** A tentative agreement brokered by President Joe Biden between railroad unions and freight train companies is at risk of going off the rails—once again raising the prospect of a potential national railway strike that the president has warned could further disrupt the nation’s economy.

** The federal government has outlined a strategy to try to protect an endangered species of whale while also developing offshore wind power off the East Coast.

** California environmentalists call on regulators to tighten a proposed ban on sales of fossil fuel big rigs by 2040 even though trucking officials claim it would devastate their industry.

** Oregon farmers drop a legal challenge to a proposal to build the nation’s largest renewable diesel refinery on the banks of the Columbia River, but reject an agreement to cease opposition to the plant.

** An editorial board complains that offshore wind was largely left out of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s “all-of-the-above” energy plan.

** A decade after Hurricane Sandy hit, New York City’s transit agency works on projects to keep its waterfront routes dry, but repairs from that storm are still underway. 


** The Biden administration has discussed slow-rolling military aid to Saudi Arabia, including shipments of advanced Patriot missiles, to punish the kingdom for leading OPEC’s decision to cut oil production, say two U.S. officials and a source familiar with the discussion.

** Poland has chosen the U.S. government and Westinghouse to build the central European country’s first nuclear power plant, part of an effort to burn less coal and gain greater energy independence.

** Tesla Inc. began clearing a German forest late on Friday to expand its electric-car factory near Berlin, a key piece of the company’s growth plans for Europe.

** Climate activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday called out next month’s United Nations climate summit in Egypt for being “held in a tourist paradise in a country that violates many basic human rights.” Speaking at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre where she was promoting her new book, “The Climate Book”, 19-year-old Thunberg dismissed the looming climate summit, known as COP27, as an opportunity for “people in power… to [use] greenwashing, lying and cheating.”

** An international climate summit starting next week in Egypt will test the resolve of nations to combat global warming, even as many of the biggest players are distracted by urgent crises ranging from war in Europe to rampant consumer inflation.

** The oil and gas industry needs more investment, Amos Hochstein, the U.S. Senior Advisor for Energy Security, said at the ADIPEC energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday. “More investment is needed in the oil and gas sector right now and tomorrow,” Hochstein was quoted as saying.

** The US government has funneled more than $9bn (£7.7bn) into oil and gas projects in Africa since it signed up to restrain global heating in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a tally of official data shows, committing just $682m (£587m) to clean energy developments such as wind and solar over the same period.