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Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, who notably reversed his stance on regulating carbon emissions in his fight for chair of the House energy committee earlier this year, has received an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Upton is the winner of the “Spirit of Enterprise” award for, among other things, “standing firmly against overreaching regulations and job-destroying mandates.”

The U.S. Chamber is one of the groups Upton reportedly met with, along with Sen. James Inhofe, to craft a strategy to to block EPA regulation of greenhouse gases.

The Chamber gives Upton a score of 93% for voting along with their issues. But despite Upton’s turnaround on climate rules, that score is consistent with Chamber ratings from previous years.

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.