POLITICS: Energy provisions in the GOP presidential platform will include expanded drilling, approval of Keystone XL on “day one” of a Romney presidency, and blocking EPA regulation of carbon emissions. (The Hill)

ALSO: Ohio coal mine workers were told their attendance was mandatory at a Romney campaign event on August 14 also lost a day’s pay because their mine was shut down for the day. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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TRANSMISSION: Iowa’s utility board today will examine several transmission proposals aimed at easing wind-power bottlenecks throughout the state. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: Arctic sea ice hits a record low, and an MIT study finds a $20/ton carbon tax could generate $1.5 trillion in revenue for the U.S. over ten years. (Greenwire, The Hill)

FRACKING: Scientists weigh in on some of the misconceptions about fracking, and the U.S. Forest Service approves drilling in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. (Science News, Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Cargo ship builders experiment with sails, and Chrysler announces a full-size pickup rated at 25 mpg. (New York Times, Gas 2.0)

BIOFUELS: The debate over military spending on alternative fuel technology will be revived this fall. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:

Ken Paulman

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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