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Poll finds most Americans want tougher fracking regulations

FRAC SAND: Environmentalists sue to stop a controversial frac sand mine near a popular Illinois state park. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: A new study projects fracking will have a $9.5 billion impact on Illinois; and polls find that most Americans want tougher drilling regulations, and that a majority of Ohioans support Gov. John Kasich’s plan to increase taxes on the gas industry. (Crain’s Chicago Business, Bloomberg, Columbus Business First)

SOLAR: Small clean-energy startups aim to break the monopoly of major utilities, and the Treasury department investigates three major solar installers to determine whether they misrepresented costs in applications for federal incentives. (InsideClimate News, Washington Post)

CLIMATE: Conservative groups push lawmakers to reject carbon tax proposals. (The Hill)

OIL: A malfunctioning well sprays oil in the air near North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea. (Fargo Forum)

TRANSPORTATION: Illinois officials reject a request to study high speed rail between Chicago and Rockford. (Rockford Register Star)

SECURITY: Iowa electric co-ops get a lesson in cybersecurity. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: Why climate change denial is “a river that is rapidly running dry” for Republicans, and why the term “net energy self-sufficiency” doesn’t really mean anything. (Houston Chronicle, Council on Foreign Relations)


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