CLIMATE: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy emphasizes flexibility for states in implementing new carbon rules. (Greenwire)

• While intended to target emissions that cause climate change, the new EPA rules are also expected to prevent more than 6,000 deaths per year from respiratory ailments. (Chicago Tribune)
• China says it will cap its CO2 emissions. (Reuters)
• A poll finds broad, bipartisan support for new regulations to cut carbon emissions. (ABC News)
• While the EPA’s analysis predicts a decline in coal employment, analysts say the rule “could have been a whole lot worse” for the industry. (Greenwire, Wall Street Journal)
• Coal-state politicians criticize the plan. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• The new rules could provide a lifeline for struggling nuclear plants. (Greenwire)
• Politico projects how the new rules will stand up to different challenges.

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MINNESOTA: The EPA points to Minnesota’s energy policies as an example of how significant carbon reductions can be achieved. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OHIO: Coal-dependent Ohio will see major changes in its energy mix, particularly American Electric Power, and a freeze of the state’s renewable energy law could push many of the resulting clean-energy jobs out-of-state. (Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, Toledo Blade)

ILLINOIS: Illinois officials say the state is well-positioned to meet its climate targets, Republican lawmakers attack the plan, which could set up a conflict between the state’s coal and nuclear industries. (WLS, Springfield State Journal-Register, Chicago Tribune)

INDIANA: Fearing higher utility rates, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pledges the state will “oppose these regulations using every means available.” (Indianapolis Star)

MICHIGAN: Michigan will continue to focus on energy efficiency and retiring coal plants to reduce emissions. (MLive, CBS Detroit)

IOWA: The state’s large wind energy buildout means it’s better positioned than most states to meet new carbon standards. (Des Moines Register)

NORTH DAKOTA: While the state only needs to cut emissions 11 percent, an industry official calls the rules “a recipe for disaster” for coal plants. (Associated Press)

OTHER STATES: Wisconsin | South Dakota | Nebraska | Missouri | Kansas

OIL AND GAS: Industry studies that conclude Bakken oil is safe to ship use questionable methods, Ohio wells cited for environmental violations continue to operate, and North Dakota’s anti-flaring rules take effect. (Reuters, Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: No, the new EPA rules won’t “destroy the economy.” (Huffington Post)

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Ken Paulman

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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