OBAMA: The president’s energy agenda for his second term is likely to be much like the first, except with a stronger emphasis on climate change. (Associated Press)

KEYSTONE XL: A new report says the potential emissions connected to Keystone XL are underestimated, another projects $580 million in economic impact for Nebraska. (Washington Post)

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TRANSPORTATION: While electric vehicles grab headlines, the auto industry is also working to dramatically improve the efficiency of gasoline engines; Ford introduces a new plug-in hybrid to compete with the Chevy Volt, and ACEEE announces its ranking of the greenest cars of 2012. (Midwest Energy News, Detroit Free Press, Green Car Reports)

NUCLEAR: A proposed expansion of the Fermi nuclear plant in Michigan passes a key regulatory hurdle. (Detroit Free Press)

CLIMATE: A report released earlier this week finds that soot is a far stronger agent of climate change than previously thought, second only to carbon dioxide. (New York Times)

COAL: Federal regulators issue new safety rules intended to prevent coal mining disasters like the Upper Big Branch explosion that killed 29 workers in 2010. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the state DNR plans to have a specialist on staff to help frac sand mining companies work through the state regulatory process. (Voice of Wisconsin Rapids)

OIL: Enbridge says its pipeline system has been underutilized recently as more oil is shipped out of North Dakota by rail. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION: American Transmission plans a new 25-mile power line in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BIOFUELS: The cellulosic biofuel industry expects to see “a hockey stick curve in terms of production over the next few years.” (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: Why solar panels make better use of the sun’s energy than biofuel production, and a scorecard for energy efficiency shows why we need to invest more. (CleanTechnica, Grist)


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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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