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BIOFUELS: Supporters of the U.S. military’s biofuel initiative prepare to fight two Senate amendments targeting the program. (Greenwire)

CLIMATE: In a Q&A with Grist’s David Roberts, Al Gore disputes the notion that the U.S. is “stuck in neutral” on climate change; and a coalition of the world’s largest investors calls for stronger action on climate. (Grist, Reuters)

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MISSOURI: An appeals court upholds rules outlining how Missouri’s renewable energy standard is implemented, over the objections of some utilities. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OIL: States consider trust funds, like North Dakota’s, to lock away oil and gas revenues for the future; and a pipeline manufacturer that will supply he Bakken oil fields breaks ground in South Dakota. (USA Today, Associated Press)

FEED-IN TARIFFS: The World Trade Organization rules Ontario’s tariff program to support its 50 percent renewable energy target is unfair. (CBC)

POLLUTION: The Iowa DNR says air quality standards have been exceeded 33 times this year in Muscatine, where a major industry faces a lawsuit over pollution violations. (

ALPHABET SOUP: A federal appeals judge warns energy agency lawyers about the overuse of acronyms in court proceedings. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: Why Ohio should stay the course on its efficiency mandate. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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.

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