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Welcome to Climate Point, your weekly guide to climate, energy and environment news from around the Golden State and the country. In Palm Springs, Calif., I’m Mark Olalde.

Let’s start with some electrifying — perhaps charged — news. Only weeks after California announced a goal to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars by 2035, New Jersey began speeding down the same turnpike. E&E reports that the Garden State is the second state to make the commitment, calling for a similar ban, also by 2035. Who’s next?

Here’s some other important reporting….

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A plume of steam billows from a coal-fired power plant. (Photo: AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Fossil future. The future of oil, gas and coal continues to get stranger as governments around the world slowly push to break our addiction to hydrocarbons. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the state’s last operational coal-fired power plant