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North Dakota Republican calls for slowdown to oil boom

OIL: Last month’s oil train explosion in North Dakota is serving as a “wake-up call” for railroad towns and is reviving the rail-vs-pipeline debate. (EnergyWire)

ALSO: Also in response to December’s derailment, a prominent North Dakota Republican calls for a slowdown in the state’s oil boom, and a U.S. Senator renews a push for tougher rail car safety standards. Meanwhile, icy weather will likely disrupt oil production nationwide. (Reuters)

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BIOENERGY: An Australian researcher says U.S. biofuel subsidies have encouraged the oil industry to speed up production; and Minnesota’s largest biodigester-to-electricity plant opens amid controversy over costs. (Midwest Energy News, Minnesota Public Radio)

COAL: Despite falling domestic demand, the future remains strong for the U.S. coal industry; Alliant Energy will convert an Iowa coal plant to natural gas; and increased rail traffic has a North Dakota utility hauling coal by truck. (Wall Street Journal, Des Moines Register, Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Exxon is granted another extension to tell regulators how it plans to repair a pipeline that ruptured in Arkansas last year. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say it’s safe to continue storing nuclear waste in pools at reactor sites. (New York Times)

EFFICIENCY: The culture war over light bulb efficiency standards draws to a quiet close. (Politico)

UTILITIES: Boulder, Colorado informs Xcel Energy it plans to acquire some of its electric infrastructure, a “significant” step toward forming a municipal utility. (Boulder Daily Camera)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin authorities fine two companies $80,000 for discharging sediment into wetlands and waterways. (Wisconsin State Journal)

MEDIA: An analysis finds reporting on climate change increased in 2013. (Daily Climate)

COMMENTARY: “The Daily Show” reviews the most memorable instances of cold-related climate denial on cable news (possibly NSFW).

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