CLIMATE: Thousands of protesters march in Washington D.C. and elsewhere to demand action on climate change, in what organizers say was the largest rally of its type in U.S. history; and two U.S. Senators introduce a bill to put a price on carbon. (InsideClimate News, Politico)

FRACKING: After a months-long process involving industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders, Illinois legislators prepare to introduce a bill regulating fracking that could be among the strictest in the nation; and a state report says the shale industry is adding jobs in Ohio. (Midwest Energy News, Wheeling Intelligencer)

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KEYSTONE XL: Nebraska’s public utility says TransCanada’s deadline for power line work to support Keystone XL is “wishful thinking,” and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says news organizations are overly fixated on protesters. (Columbus Telegram, The Hill)

TESLA: Over the weekend, a group of six Tesla Model S owners recreated New York Times reporter John Broder’s infamous test drive without running out of charge, and a CNN reporter who drove a Model S from D.C. to Boston shares insights from the trip.

EMISSIONS: A new report finds renewable energy deserves some of the credit along with natural gas for reducing U.S. emissions, but also projects coal may make a comeback. (Washington Post)

MINNESOTA: Two Minnesota utilities announce efforts to expand wind energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MICHIGAN: A state report finds Michigan is on track to meet its renewable energy standard by 2015. (MLive.com)

EFFICIENCY: GM employees volunteer to install energy-efficiency lighting in the Flint YWCA. (MLive.com)

COMMENTARY: The nocebo effect and “wind turbine syndrome,” electric cars are “crying at the pains of birth and infancy, rather than convulsing at the death throes of oblivion,” and why the Tesla/New York Times fight is a sideshow. (Last Word on Nothing, Third Way, Grist)

Ken Paulman

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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