Beijing warns Pyongyang: You’re on your own if you go after the United States – The Washington Post
China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.

Pruitt reverses course on smog rule delay after 16 states sue – ThinkProgress
One day after getting sued by 15 states, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday reversed course on its plans to delay implementation of Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.

Down the Mighty Columbia River, Where a Power Struggle Looms – The New York Times
To ride down the Columbia River as the John Day Dam’s wall of concrete slowly fills the view from a tugboat is to see what the country’s largest network of energy-producing dams created through five decades of 20th-century ambition, investment and hubris.

States threatening to sue EPA to force new environmental policies | TheHill
States are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to try to force the Trump administration into writing new environmental policies.

A potential successor to Xi Jinping is purged
IN 2012 Bo Xilai, the Communist Party leader of Chongqing, a region in the south-west, was stripped of his post, expelled from the party and later jailed. Mr Bo’s downfall cleared the way for Xi Jinping, his rival, to become the country’s leader. On July 15th lightning struck again. Sun Zhengcai, who had succeeded Mr Bo in Chongqing following a brief interregnum, was sacked.

U.S. Congress strikes deal on sanctions bill, handcuffing Trump on Russia – World – CBC News
U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.

California Legislature extends state’s cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change – LA Times
alifornia lawmakers voted Monday evening to extend the state’s premiere program on climate change, a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown that included unprecedented Republican support for fighting global warming.

Tesla loses $12 billion in market value as Model 3 leaves assembly line | Financial Post
Heading into a day that should be cause for celebration, with Tesla Inc.’s first Model 3 sedan rolling off the assembly line, Elon Musk’s electric-car maker has watched US$12 billion in stock-market value slip away.

All Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019 | Business | The Guardian
All new cars launched by Volvo from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely battery-powered, in what the company called a “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion engine.

Influential, misinformed Canadian media hurts China-Canada relations: envoy – National |
The Trudeau government should spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China, says the country’s ambassador.

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