CLIMATE: Why the presidential candidates are ignoring climate change. (New York Times)

POLITICS: Democrats push to have a report on clean energy subsidies requested by Rep. Fred Upton be expanded to include investigating support for fossil fuels. (The Hill)

NATURAL GAS: Xcel Energy sees modest future energy growth in Minnesota, which it says it will meet primarily with natural gas and Canadian hydropower. (Midwest Energy News)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin official says the number of permit requests for frac sand mines is starting to drop, and large operators aren’t at the moment proceeding with their plans. (Chippewa Herald)

OIL: A Michigan county commissioner and business owner sues Enbridge over damage from the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

ETHANOL: A Danish company that produces enzymes for biofuel refineries projects decreased ethanol production in the U.S. (Des Moines Register)

COAL: Wisconsin lawmakers ask the EPA to deny a request from the operators of the S.S. Badger to continue dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: Michigan researchers find snow can actually help solar panels produce more energy. (CleanTechnica)

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan county expects to save $14 million over the next 15 years thanks to its energy-saving efforts. (MLive.com)

WIND: A company proposing a central Minnesota wind farm is asking state regulators for more time to find a buyer for its electricity. (St. Cloud Times)

COMMENTARY: Why the oil boom will be a disaster for the climate, Nebraska is missing the boat on wind energy, and why the last chapter has yet to be written in the effort to raise doubts about climate science. (OilChange International, EarthTechling, Grist)

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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