Jul 27, 2018

Largest U.S. wind project scrapped after Texas issues rejection

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American Electric Power canceled its 2 GW Wind Catcher project after Texas utility regulators rejected it citing that it would not provide enough benefit to customers, reports Utility Dive.

Why it matters: This was slated to be the largest wind project ever in the United States, and would've provided power for the company's customers throughout four states.

What they're saying: Steven Fate, the vice president of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, issued a statement saying he was "disappointed with the decision in Texas" resulting in the project's cancellation. “Wind Catcher represented an extraordinary opportunity to provide our customers with low cost, clean Oklahoma energy and create a positive economic impact across the state."

Editors note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest Oklahoma statement.

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Trump goes full law-and-order

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President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.

Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

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A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.