Good morning and happy Friday! A quick publishing note: We'll be taking a break and return on Tuesday, January 2. Happy and safe holidays to all, and thanks for reading.
Ok let's dive in . . .
My Axios colleague Alison Snyder reports:
Go deeper: Read the rest of Alison's piece.
E&E News has a good rundown of 2017's biggest climate science stories, including:
How it ends: "OPEC has started working on plans for an exit strategy from its deal to cut supplies with non-member producers," Reuters reports.
In a separate piece reported from Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak tells the news service that detailed exit talks should only begin when markets approach balance.
Aramco attack: Foreign Policy posted a story yesterday evening reporting that state oil giant Saudi Aramco was hit with a cyber-attack in August that targeted safety systems.
Shell's shopping spree: Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday that it's buying the U.K. power and broadband provider First Utility, which provides services to roughly 825,000 homes.
The long view: Bloomberg is out with a nice feature that delves into (among other things) contrasting forecasts about when global oil demand will peak and what factors affect the trajectory.
In the spotlight: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt makes the cover of the new edition of the conservative magazine National Review, a week after he graced the cover of The Weekly Standard (h/t Tim Cama).
In one sign of that shakeup, The New York Times and ProPublica report today that more than 700 people—including more than 200 scientists—have left EPA since President Trump took office.
The story says that the departures reflect "poor morale and a sense of grievance at the agency."
Georgia regulators on Thursday voted to allow construction to plow ahead on Southern Company's delayed and billions-over-budget project to build two nuclear reactors.
Eyes on Congress: Via The New York Times:
Go deeper: Greentech Media has an in-depth look at the decision and the huge cost overruns in the $9 billion range that have plagued the project, which is now slated to have total costs of $25 billion and be completed in roughly 2022.
It has begun: Let's mark the first day of winter, which was yesterday, with this snowy photo of Yosemite National Park.
It comes courtesy of the Interior Department's Instagram feed, where you can see this and a bunch of other lovely stuff in higher resolution.
Whoops: In yesterday's newsletter misidentified the employer of David Livingston, who penned our Expert Voices piece on Trump's National Security Strategy. He's with the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council.