FRACKING: A new poll finds declining public support for tougher rules governing fracking. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans a natural gas vehicle summit in October, natural gas fuels a Kansas City cab company and may become the fuel of choice for heavy-duty oil field equipment, and Ohio firefighters receive special training for dealing with shale gas incidents. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, Youngstown Vindicator)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio environmental group says requiring disclosure of buildings’ energy use will improve participation in efficiency programs, and GE will donate $200,000 worth of LED bulbs to light Cleveland’s Public Square. (Midwest Energy News, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ETHANOL: A new biofuel industry coalition will push to defend the federal ethanol mandate. (Greenwire)

KEYSTONE XL: Nebraska landowners sue the governor over the use of eminent domain in siting the Keystone XL pipeline, and a new poll finds Nebraskans now support the pipeline by a margin of 2-to-1. (InsideClimate News, Omaha World-Herald)

POLITICS: Michigan Rep. Fred Upton joins an Ohio congressman to push the “war on coal” message at a small rally in Marietta. (Marietta Times)

TRANSPORTATION: Automakers seek ways to meet tougher economy rules through the use of lighter materials. (ClimateWire)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin county denies a permit for a proposed 450-acre frac sand mine. (Winona Daily News)

COMMENTARY: The “other F-word” of shale drilling, and a call to end the politicization of clean energy. (Forbes, San Jose Mercury News)

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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