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EPA seen as path forward on climate change

CLIMATE: A new study finds that the more severe climate change projections have been the most accurate, and the world could be facing warming of 8°F by 2100. (Washington Post)

MEANWHILE: With the makeup of Congress basically unchanged, advocates for emission reductions still see the EPA as the best path forward. (E&E Daily)

COAL: Ohio coal executive Robert Murray issues a prayer to a newspaper following President Obama’s re-election, asking forgiveness “for the decisions we are now forced to make,” before laying off 156 workers, citing a “war on coal.” (Washington Post)

FLYING GREEN: Airport leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago this week to explore clean energy options for their sprawling facilities. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: A Pennsylvania study finds natural gas drilling lowers nearby property values, a Wisconsin town approves a $1 million a day fine for violating its frac sand moratorium, and an economist says his prediction of 1 million jobs resulting from Ohio’s drilling boom may have been too conservative. (McClatchy, WQOW, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

NATURAL GAS: A deal is reached to build four natural gas turbines at the site of the Eastlake coal plant in Ohio, and gas producers who backed Mitt Romney will still likely benefit from Obama’s re-election. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Bloomberg)

WIND: A bipartisan group of state governors will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C. next week calling on Congress to extend the production tax credit. (The Hill)

SOLAR: Solar installers say they’re not concerned about tariffs on Chinese solar panels that could increase their costs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CHICAGO: City officials set an aggressive timetable for implementing electricity aggregation. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL: TransCanada remains optimistic that President Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

IOWA: Former Hawkeye football star Tim Dwight promotes renewable energy in pollution-plagued Muscatine. (Muscatine Journal)

COMMENTARY: Ken Silverstein says “if Tuesday’s election results don’t push [the coal industry] into greater compliance, then free market forces will.” And David Roberts says the lesson from Proposal 3’s failure in Michigan is “dirty energy has access to a firehose of money that can overwhelm an electorate’s preference for clean energy, seemingly without much difficulty.” (Forbes, Grist)

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