Good morning and welcome back to Generate! I hope you had a nice weekend. Some good news for those who don't know already: Amy Harder joins the Axios energy team this week. Amy does great work and has broken tons of big stories for the Wall Street Journal and other stops, and we're thrilled she's here. If you don't already, you can follow her on Twitter at @amyaharder. Ok, let's dive back in . . .
Tesla announced Sunday that it delivered 25,000 vehicles to customers and produced 25,418 in the the first three months of 2017 — both quarterly records for the Silicon Valley electric automaker.
Why it matters: It's a good sign for the automaker as it prepares to launch the Model 3. The figures beat estimates, according to several reports, and the deliveries represent a 69 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016.
And why not: As long as we're on Tesla, while Musk might be among President Donald Trump's private sector advisors, he nonetheless doesn't think much of Trump's bid to revive the coal industry.
Deep into his new interview with Sen. John McCain, David Axelrod asks McCain whether the U.S. should pull out of the Paris climate deal:
Why it matters: McCain is a prominent GOP voice on foreign policy, and the comments arrive as the White House is getting closer to a decision about its stance.
Time was McCain made a big deal about climate change — he cosponsored cap-and-trade bills in 2003, 2005 and 2007. But he also opposes Obama-era regulations that Trump has started rolling back.
EPA chief Scott Pruitt sparred with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace yesterday. He didn't really make news, but a couple of things stood out.…
Back to his climate safe(er) space: Pruitt declined the chance to repeat his claim from early March that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming.
The China message: Ahead of Trump's meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pruitt pushed back against the idea that Trump's climate policy rollbacks have ceded leadership to China on the topic, arguing the U.S. "has nothing to be apologetic about."
Some noteworthy events this week....
Trump and Xi: Trump is hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago late in the week. The summit between the world's top two greenhouse gas emitters arrives as Trump weighs his options on the Paris climate accord, but it's not clear whether it will make the agenda.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear from senior federal officials and other experts Tuesday when it gathers for a
on cyber threats to energy delivery.
Weed: Bloomberg reports that energy-hungry legalized pot operations might not become as large of a new market as utilities had once envisioned.
Money: A Wall Street Journal analysis finds that oil majors like Exxon and Shell are "struggling just to break even" despite cutting costs and experiencing a rebound in crude prices.
Influence: Via the Lobbying Disclosure Act database, here's the latest in the energy/environment influence world…
"In this business, I don't think much has changed since people were selling encyclopedias door to door or vacuum cleaners or anything else. I think the internet is great for data, but otherwise this is really about old-is-new business models," solar entrepreneur and expert Jigar Shah says.
That's one line from an interesting discussion on Greentech Media's latest Energy Gang podcast, which delves into what strategies work and don't work in the residential solar sales business.
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