POLITICS: Democrats consider options to move forward with the confirmation of Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA, which Republicans have used procedural tactics to delay. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: Local business groups help reduce emissions without mentioning climate change, and the SEC upholds a shareholders’ vote requiring a hotel chain to switch to low-flow shower heads. (ClimateWire, InsideClimate News)

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CLIMATE: Another study confirms a broad scientific consensus on climate change, finding 97 percent of published papers identify human-caused emissions as the primary cause. (Reuters)

FRACKING: Supporters of fracking in Illinois hope for a quick vote on a long-stalled regulatory bill. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: A study commissioned by the Wisconsin Towns Association and Wisconsin Farmers Unions urges local governments to take more precautions on frac sand mining. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

OIL: Enbridge may be forced to shut down a North Dakota rail terminal in a dispute over the levels of potentially deadly hydrogen sulfide in crude delivered to the facility. (Reuters)

WIND: Operators of Indiana’s largest wind farm propose changing the facility’s nighttime operations in order to protect endangered bats. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The NRC seeks to change rules governing the transport of nuclear waste, to bring the U.S. in line with international standards. (The Hill)

SMART METERS: Michigan regulators allow DTE Energy to charge customers who opt out of smart meters, but not as much as the utility requested. (MLive.com)

SOLAR: Michigan researchers will study the effectiveness of solar heating systems installed on low-income housing. (Muskegon Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Utilities vs. rooftop solar: What the fight is all about. (Grist)

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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