CLIMATE: FEMA says it will only approve disaster preparedness funds for states that have a climate mitigation plan. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: A Florida state employee says he was suspended for talking about climate change. (SaintPetersBlog)

COAL:
• A former Kentucky mine inspector says he was paid $46,000 in bribes by a state lawmaker to cover up safety and environmental violations. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Kentucky’s manufacturing sector has a major stake in the state’s energy transition. (EnergyWire)
• A Tennessee newspaper reporter asks an EPA official “if the Obama administration would like to see the coal industry go away.” (Kingsport Times-News)

COAL ASH: 
• Environmental advocates criticize Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for supporting a federal bill that would weaken coal ash oversight. (Associated Press)
• Democrats in Congress say the bill is premature, as EPA coal ash standards have only recently been finalized. (The Hill)
• A North Carolina coal ash oversight meeting is canceled following a court ruling affecting the way its members are appointed. (Charlotte Observer)

SOLAR:
• While the state lags the rest of the country, the solar industry is still growing in West Virginia. (WDTV)
• A Florida businesswoman shares her story of breaking into a male-dominated solar industry. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Environmentalists warn plans for more offshore drilling on the Atlantic coast threaten the tourism industry. (Associated Press)
• Falling oil prices mean fewer bids to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION:
• Alabama residents seek compensation for health problems they say are caused by coal trains idling near their homes. (AL.com)
• Virginia officials approve a cleanup plan for a coal plant along the Potomac. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan donates an electric vehicle charger to a central Florida university, the first charging station in the area. (News 13)

COMMENTARY:
• “Utilities, like most big, incumbent businesses, hate competitive markets.” (Grist)
• Florida’s debate on solar power has already been hashed out in Georgia. (Tampa Bay Times)

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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