POLITICS: A New York Times investigation finds attorneys general in at least a dozen states are teaming up with industry to oppose federal regulations, and receiving millions in campaign contributions at the same time.

CLIMATE: Recently recognized by the White House, Michigan’s Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa say their climate efforts are a “sacred obligation.” (Midwest Energy News)

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MICHIGAN: A state lawmaker says a bill to count waste incineration as renewable energy “makes a mockery of this legislature.” (Lansing State Journal)

EPA: The chair of the Kansas House energy committee makes a “scientific comment” denying climate science as grounds for opposing EPA carbon rules. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

• While shale production is transforming the petroleum economy, scientists warn low oil prices will mean “a dramatic reversal of fortune for climate progress.” (Business Insider, Climate Central)
• An Ohio report finds the state’s gas production continues to surge. (Columbus Business First)
• North Dakota officials reduce a fine for a trucking company that was operating without a license. (Associated Press)
• West Virginia officials OK fracking beneath the Ohio River. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Landowners in the Bakken oil patch form a new association. (Jamestown Sun)

WIND: Neither supporters nor opponents are happy with a proposed short-term extension of the production tax credit, opponents of a Minnesota wind farm say the developer has violated the terms of a state permit, and Michigan legislation would make it harder to file “nuisance” lawsuits against wind farms. (Topeka Capital-Journal, Watchdog Minnesota, Detroit News)

NUCLEAR: A change by the PJM Interconnection will help Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants, and Republicans seek to ease regulations on the nuclear industry. (Crain’s Chicago Business, The Hill)

COAL: Operators of an Illinois mine plan to expand waste storage, and communities dependent on coal mining confront a future without it. (Springfield State Journal-Register, Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Why Wisconsin’s Gundersen Health System is pursuing energy independence. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin businesses save money with energy efficiency, and Ford prepares to debut its aluminum-bodied F-150. (La Crosse Tribune, Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: An amended Ohio bill to deal with drilling violators “replaces the hammer with a tattered white flag.” (Youngstown Vindicator)

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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