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Overnight Energy: Clinton picks up Sierra Club’s endorsement

SIERRA CLUB BACKS CLINTON: The Sierra Club on Thursday endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Michael Brune, the group’s executive director, said in a statement that Clinton “will be the strong environmental champion that we need to lead our country,” handing the former secretary of State her second major environmental endorsement of the week.

“The Sierra Club, like so many Americans, not only wants to protect President Obama’s legacy — we want to expand it,” Brune added.

{mosads}The Sierra Club — like billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer — waited to endorse Clinton until after she had wrapped up a Democratic presidential nomination fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The group said Sanders ran a “hard-fought campaign” that “helped elevate climate change and protecting our environment while reducing inequality as key issues in the Democratic Primary.”

And the Sierra Club went hard at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying, “the gap on environmental and climate issues between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump is the largest in U.S. political history.”

Read more here.   

Tomorrow in The Hill: Clinton’s endorsement from the Sierra Club is the third from a major environmental interest in the last two weeks.

She’s been racking up green backing, showing in part how scared environmentalists are of a possible Trump presidency.

Read more about greens’ strategy with Clinton endorsements tomorrow in The Hill.

KOCH BACKS ANTI-CARBON TAX MEASURE: The conglomerate owned by billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch is supporting the House’s resolution against a carbon tax.

Koch Industries said that a tax on carbon dioxide emissions would increase energy prices and hurt businesses and families that depend on cheap energy.

“Raising taxes on the energy that American families and businesses rely on every day will not help any hardworking citizens improve their lives,” Koch wrote Thursday to House members.

“Rather, a carbon tax would make energy more expensive and in turn raise the costs of consumer products and services on which people depend,” wrote Philip Ellender, head of government affairs at Koch. “It would also make U.S. producers less cost competitive, driving production and jobs to other parts of the world. Worse yet, this tax would hit hardest the least advantaged among us.”

ON TAP FRIDAY I: The House will vote on two resolutions: one objects to Obama’s proposal to institute a $10.25 tax on barrels of oil, and another to reject the tax on carbon. Read more about the carbon tax debate here.

ON TAP FRIDAY II: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on energy efficiency requirements for home appliances. Industry experts will testify.

AROUND THE WEB:

FiveThirtyEight looks at the bad luck of Moore, Okla., a city struck by four major tornadoes in 16 years.

Oil refining companies are suing to stop local regulations to cut down on air pollution from refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Coal production is down by a third in Montana, a trend officials say will continue, the Missoulian reports.

BONUS AROUND THE WEB:

Today’s Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton Twitter fight was one for the ages, but it can’t come close to the epic (and, sadly, fake) back-and-forth between President Obama and the Audubon Society from 2013, as The Onion “reports.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out Thursday’s stories…

-Obama to visit two national parks
-California Dems back attorney general’s Exxon investigation
-GOP chairman: EPA could ‘restructure every industrial sector’
-Sierra Club endorses Clinton
-Top Clinton adviser rallies greens as general election begins

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