THE DEBATE: Neither Mitt Romney nor President Obama mentioned climate change during last night’s presidential debate, and energy was mentioned only briefly. Fact-checkers break down the candidates’ statements on oil and gas drilling, the “war on coal,” and federal energy support. (The Hill, CNN, Washington Post)

IF YOU MISSED IT: Or, if you just want to relive the magic, the New York Times has a handy interactive feature that allows you to skip ahead to key moments in the debate.

FRACKING: Concluding EnergyWire‘s three-part series on fracking: How an environmental group is trying to stake out middle ground on drilling oversight, and the balancing act “Big Green” groups maintain between anti-fracking activists and regulators.

ALSO: States continue to debate how, or if, to tax shale exploration; and a North Dakota state geologist says a recent earthquake in the Oil Patch is unrelated to drilling. (Associated Press, Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: Just a week after announcing it’s cutting 300 jobs in Grand Forks, a Danish wind company says it’s creating 300 positions at a new factory in Brazil. (Grand Forks Herald)

OIL: The EPA says additional cleanup is needed at the site of a 2010 Michigan oil spill, and Enbridge proposes a new pipeline running from North Dakota to Superior, Wisconsin. (Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg)

HYPERION: Hyperion insists its proposed South Dakota refinery is still on the table, while opponents ask the state Supreme Court to throw out the project’s air permit. (KELO, Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

FRAC SAND: Seven protesters are arrested at a Twin Cities frac sand conference after climbing on top of a tour bus, and a new mine in Minnesota’s Winona County will be required to undergo an environmental review. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rochester Post Bulletin)

BIOFUELS: Wisconsin researchers develop a process to convert biomass into fuel using electricity and water. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OHIO: More than 170 projects around the state will be featured in this year’s Green Energy Ohio tour. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: How a Minnesota nuclear shutdown highlights the advantage of wind and solar, why Toyota’s retreat on electric cars isn’t the end of the story, and why a Michigan newspaper opposes expanding the state’s renewable standard. (Minnesota 2020, Forbes, Holland Sentinel)

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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