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Critics: Ohio bill contains ‘poison pills’ for clean energy

OHIO: House lawmakers debate last-minute provisions in a bill to freeze the state’s energy laws that critics say amount to “poison pills” for the state’s renewable energy industry. (Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COAL: Two miners were killed Monday in a West Virginia coal mine with a history of safety violations; meanwhile, more than 200 workers are dead in a coal-mining disaster in Turkey. (Reuters, Associated Press)

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PETCOKE: Citing concerns about public health, the National Nurses United union has joined local residents’ fight to get petcoke transportation and storage banned in Chicago. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: A military report warns climate change poses a severe risk to national security, Minnesota churches call for climate action, and an Iowa panel discusses how farmers can adapt to a changing climate. (New York Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Des Moines Register)

SOLAR: Missouri lawmakers reject a bill to revive solar rebates, and analysts say a federal proposal will do little to help the solar industry. (Associated Press, Reuters)

FRACKING: Ohio lawmakers advance a scaled-back drilling tax proposal, a report finds foreign steelmakers are benefiting the most from the fracking boom, and a judge rejects fracking opponents’ challenge to drilling leases in a Michigan game preserve. (Columbus Dispatch, The Business Journals, MLive)

TESLA: Missouri lawmakers shelve a bill that would have banned Tesla’s retail outlets from the state. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: A report from the International Energy Agency says moving away from fossil fuels by 2050 would result in a net savings of $71 trillion. (Grist)

ILLINOIS: A consumer group warns of potential “rip-offs” as ratepayers shop for electricity providers. (Chicago Tribune)

UTILITIES: Exelon’s CEO sees a future in small modular reactors, and says the demise of centralized generation “is a little bit overstated at this point.” (Forbes)

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MEDIA: A judge dismisses Ohio coal executive Robert Murray’s defamation lawsuit against the Huffington Post. (SNL)

COMMENTARY: Where are conservatives’ big ideas about clean energy? (Greentech Media)

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