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U.S. ‘being repiped’ as oil industry shifts to exports

OIL: North America “is being repiped” as the oil industry shifts its focus to exporting American oil, possibly negating the need for the Keystone XL pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Why the “U.S. could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer” story requires an asterisk. (Washington Post)

CHICAGO: As Chicago moves closer to a decision on whether to adopt municipal aggregation for electricity, advocates are hoping the city’s purchasing power can be used to advance renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: Environmental groups petition the EPA to require disclosure of chemicals used in fracking, neighbors protest a proposed frac sand mining operation in northeast Iowa, and some environmentalists resort to radical tactics to block drilling in Ohio. (Bloomberg, Cedar Rapids Gazette, EnergyWire)

COAL: While cheap natural gas gets most of the blame for the coal industry’s decline, rising mining costs aren’t helping either. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Owners of another Lake Michigan ferry criticize Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for supporting a permit extension that would allow the S.S. Badger to continue dumping coal ash into the lake. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

GREEN ECONOMY: As federal stimulus funds for renewable energy draw down, what happens next? (New York Times)

WIND: A new report finds U.S. consumption of wind energy increased even as electricity demand declined, and an ownership dispute over a Minnesota wind farm could put $22 million in subsidies at risk. (The Hill, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MILITARY GOES GREEN: As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the U.S. military remains committed to its renewable energy goals. (Greenwire)

NUCLEAR: Westinghouse pitches its small modular reactor to a Missouri utility. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

SOLAR: A report says solar employment will continue to grow as wind jobs decline. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: Why the solar industry is wooing Mitt Romney. (Time)

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