POLITICS: President Obama, addressing the Democratic National Convention last night, made a rare direct mention of climate change, saying “more droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke.” (The Hill)

INDUSTRY: How recapturing more waste heat can help revitalize the Midwest’s manufacturing sector. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: On the Ohio river, coal shipments are down, steel shipments are up. (New York Times)

OIL: Delta Airlines considers buying North Dakota oil for its new Pennsylvania refinery, saying the domestic crude could be cheaper even with the expense of shipping by rail. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: The company responsible for a gasoline spill in Wisconsin in July is now cleaning up a jet fuel spill near Chicago, and Enbridge stops contracting with a Michigan sheriff’s department for security amid conflict-of-interest concerns. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Livingston Daily Press)

STORAGE: Can a ski lift store electricity for the grid? Bill Gates thinks so. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Conservative groups urge Congress to kill the wind production tax credit, and an idle prototype turbine riles city council members in Ishpeming, Michigan. (The Hill, Marquette Mining Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A study by Intel finds immersing servers in mineral oil can cut the energy needed to cool them by as much as 20 percent. (New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION: A new Illinois law allows the state tollway authority to build its own railway lines, but the agency doesn’t have any plans to do so. (Chicago Daily Herald)

COMMENTARY: A rebuff to the CEO of Nebraska Public Power District, calling for “no more excuses” for the state’s lagging wind power sector. (Kearney Hub)

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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