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Health benefits may outweigh costs of cutting carbon

CLIMATE: An MIT study predicts health benefits will significantly offset — or even exceed — the costs of greenhouse gas reductions, and the GAO rejects Republican concerns about how the social cost of carbon estimate was calculated. (Greenwire, The Hill)

PIPELINES: A recent ruling denying federal review of the nearly-completed Flanagan South project is an example of a trend toward fast-tracking pipelines, and pipeline protesters lock themselves to a truck in Michigan. (Midwest Energy News, Associated Press)

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GRID: The PJM Interconnection warns that a “rapid transition” from coal could raise the risk of blackouts, particularly during harsh winters. (Columbus Business First)

FRACKING: “Gathering lines” for drilling operations pose risks to homeowners with little government oversight, and Michigan’s governor orders a review of state standards for disposal of radioactive drilling waste. (NBC News, Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Minnesota officials will require an environmental review for a proposed frac sand shipping operation. (Winona Daily News)

POLLUTION: A court rejects a Kansas town’s effort to require BP to do further cleanup work at a refinery site, and Duke Energy now says 9,000 gallons of diesel were released into the Ohio River from a power plant last week. (Topeka Capital-Journal, Cincinnati Business Courier)

TRANSPORTATION: Grain shipments are backlogged as oil traffic dominates Midwest rail lines. (New York Times)

SOLAR: A new Indiana solar farm begins producing power. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Kalamazoo County, Michigan considers PACE financing. (WMUK)

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SMART GRID: 3M makes a $5 million investment in a company that makes smart grid technology. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Which kills more birds, renewable energy or fossil fuels? (Climate Progress)

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