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OHIO: Clean-energy companies reconsider plans to expand in Ohio following new legislation altering the state’s energy landscape. (Toledo Blade)

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EPA: The state-by-state flexibility of EPA carbon rules may also make them more vulnerable to legal challenges. (ClimateWire)

• Some states have already made a 30 percent emissions cut since 2005. (New York Times)
• Ohio experts say the coal industry will adapt and survive new regulations. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Indiana will still be among the top carbon emitters under new rules. (Indianapolis Star)
Despite vocal protests, Kentucky “is already taking hardheaded steps toward a post-coal economy.” (New York Times)
• Missouri lawmakers cite impending EPA rules in supporting tax breaks for transmission equipment. (Associated Press)
A new interactive map shows U.S. fossil fuel power plants and how they’ll be impacted by new EPA regulations. (Climate Central)

FRACKING: Michigan files fraud and racketeering charges against Chesapeake Energy over its land-leasing practices. (Reuters)

FRAC SAND: How sand mining companies are bypassing a county ban in Illinois through annexation deals with towns and villages. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL: North Dakota’s oil boom poses a new threat to Minnesota’s wetlands; a pipeline trenching operation causes a 300-barrel spill in North Dakota; and the State Department updates figures in its Keystone XL assessment, projecting greater risk from increased rail shipments. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press, Reuters)

WIND: Uncertainty over federal tax credits delays a South Dakota wind farm. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS: Why Tom Steyer became a climate activist. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY: Indiana needs to wean itself from an over-reliance on coal, and the real obstacle to climate action is “economic ideology reinforced by hostility to science.” (Indianapolis Star, New York Times)

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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