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COMMANDER CUOMO — POLITICO’s Danielle Muoio: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will fight offshore drilling on the beaches, he will fight it on the landing grounds. Cuomo says he will never surrender. What began Friday as a routine press conference denouncing the Trump administration’s plan to open the mid-Atlantic coast to offshore drilling, escalated into the governor of New York declaring he would lead an armada of private boats to "interfere" with any attempts to drill or test for fossil fuels. “I’m going to commission the citizen fleet from throughout the state to go out and interfere with their federal effort just as Winston Churchill did in Dunkirk,” Cuomo said. “If you think I’m kidding, I’m not, and I’m going to lead that citizen fleet.” Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, reiterated on Twitter that Cuomo is, in fact, “not kidding.” And the people’s armada is just one leg of Cuomo’s approach to step forth with all of New York’s might and halt drilling efforts off the coastline. Cuomo said he is pushing legislation that would prohibit the production of oil and gas in state waters. Read more here.

UPHILL BATTLE FOR CLIMATE RETREAT — Bloomberg’s Chris Flavelle: “Corrine Spry had no way of knowing, on the day Tropical Storm Lee ruined her house seven years ago, that she was about to become part of a radical experiment to transform how the U.S. protects itself against climate change. All she knew was that it had been raining for days, so she’d better get some cash. Spry set out in her car through Sidney, N.Y., a fading village of roughly 4,000 along the Susquehanna River, swollen from the storm and rising fast… More than 400 homes and businesses ended up underwater in Sidney, affecting more than 2,000 people. It was months before Spry and her neighbors could move back in. It was also the second time in five years that the Susquehanna had wrecked half the village… Spry didn’t want to rebuild again, and neither did local officials; everyone knew the river would keep flooding homes and businesses. So Sidney decided to try something else: It would use federal and state money to demolish Spry’s neighborhood while creating a new one away from the flood plain for displaced residents. Sidney would be on the forefront of U.S. disaster policy, a case study in what’s known as managed retreat—and the many ways it can go wrong.” Read more here.

OFFSHORE DEBATE BLOWS ON — Newsday’s Mark Harrington: “New York State on Monday will hold a public meeting in Southampton to discuss its blueprint for wind energy and the recently released federal government call for wind-energy projects along the shore of practically all of Long Island, including the East End. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which is hosting the meeting and wrote the blueprint, has released its own map of potential sites for wind energy off the state’s coastal waters, one of which notably excludes the East End. NYSERDA chief executive Alicia Barton last month said the agency ‘does not support’ the proposed federal areas off the East End, which the federal government on its map refers to as Fairways North. She’s not alone. ‘We definitely would have concerns’ about the federal area mapped out for the East End, said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. ‘While offshore wind has extraordinary potential to power our homes and our lives in a more environmentally responsible way . . . I need to see that it’s far enough away that they are not visible from anywhere on the landmass.’” Read more here.

NYSEG LINE MEETS EARLY OPPOSITION — Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Jeff Platsky: “New York State Electric & Gas is running into initial resistance in its attempt to improve transmission lines traversing three central New York counties.” Read more here.

— A driver for Sanitation Salvage, a private carter for New York City, struck and killed a pedestrian in the Bronx on Friday. That driver was also responsible for running over and killing an immigrant last year who had been working for Sanitation Salvage off the books. Councilman Antonio Reynoso, chairman of the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, has called for a hearing on the issue.

ABANDON SHIP — POLITICO’s Emily Holden, Anthony Adragna and Daniel Lippman: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s inner circle continued to shrink Friday with the departure of yet another political aide — the fourth staffer to exit the agency this week amid the ongoing investigations into Pruitt’s expensive travel and security spending and his tight relations with lobbyists. Read more here.

— Pruitt was under fire even before he became head of the DEP. The Intercept investigates how Pruitt was under fire as Oklahoma’s Attorney General for failing to protect an ecologically-sensitive river from pollution on the behalf of poultry companies.

SAGE GROUSE PROTECTIONS WEAKENED — The Washington Post’s Darryl Fears: “Western greater sage grouse are famous for fierce battles between males in an annual rite to mate with hens. It’s a theatrical show of machismo, chest thumping and razor-sharp clawing over a wide landscape that people across the world travel to watch. But an equally nasty fight over this dwindled species is happening behind the scenes between humans, and [last] week it came to a boil.” Read more here.

CAR MODELS DIVIDE STATES — ClimateWire’s Camille von Kaenel: “The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and gas guzzlers in the red states.” Read more here.

CLIMATE PAGE STILL DOWN — The Washington Post’s Chris Mooney: “The news came on a Friday evening in late April last year: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had removed an informational website about climate change, taking down a page that had been up, in some form, for nearly two decades and under three presidents. … EPA said at the time that the site had been taken down for review and that it had been archived and was still available as part of a ‘snapshot’ of the state of the site on Jan. 19, 2017, just as the new administration took command. But a year later, the agency’s climate page is still down, and would-be visitors are redirected to a notice saying that ‘this page is being updated.’” Read more here.

PUERTO RICO RESTORATION FAILURES — The New York Times’ James Glanz and Frances Robles: “An examination of the [Puerto Rico] power grid’s reconstruction — based on a review of hundreds of documents and interviews with dozens of public officials, utility experts and citizens across the island — shows how a series of decisions by federal and Puerto Rican authorities together sent the effort reeling on a course that would take months to correct.” Read more here.

HAWAII EVACUATIONS — The Wall Street Journal’s Nour Malas and Jennifer Levitz: “Lava and toxic gases continued to spew in neighborhoods from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Sunday, with nine homes destroyed since the eruption began on Thursday and authorities ordering evacuations of 1,800 people.” Read more here.

FLORIDA MANGROVES UNDER THREAT — The Guardian’s Oliver Milman: “Florida’s mangroves have been forced into a hasty retreat by sea level rise and now face being drowned, imperiling coastal communities and the prized Everglades wetlands, researchers have found.” Read more here.