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DIVESTMENT: A new report says the fossil fuel divestment movement has grown to $2.6 trillion in assets. (InsideClimate News)

KEYSTONE XL: Hillary Clinton says she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a “distraction” in the fight against climate change. (The Guardian)

WILDLIFE: The Interior Department decides not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, a decision that could have impacted oil, wind and transmission development. (Greenwire)

• Democrats unveil proposed clean energy legislation that aims to cut U.S. carbon emissions 34 percent by 2025. (Reuters)
• Contrary to the pope’s call for action on climate change, many dioceses in Texas and Oklahoma are continuing to lease oil and gas rights as a source of income. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Maine considers alternative mechanisms to replace net metering. (Energy Policy Update)

OHIO: Democratic lawmakers say testimony heard during the committee studying Ohio’s clean-energy freeze was generally “one-sided.” (Midwest Energy News)

• Clean-air advocates say business groups are crying wolf over an upcoming EPA ruling to reduce ground-level ozone levels. (Midwest Energy News)
Tennessee lawmakers are planning hearings about $900 million worth of incentives granted for a VW plant in Chattanooga amid charges the company used software to dodge emissions requirements. (Associated Press)

OIL: A North Dakota regulator says the West Coast will continue receiving oil by rail instead of pipelines “for the foreseeable future.” (Reuters)

• Arch Coal, the nation’s second largest coal company, may be the next to file for bankruptcy. (Reuters)
• An Alaska coal company suspends exports for the year, citing a drop in global prices. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
• An industry group issues a report saying coal plants in Missouri are not harming air quality there, a position environmental advocates call “Orwellian.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A judge will allow lyrics from John Prine’s “Paradise” to stay as part of a federal lawsuit against Peabody Energy. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: Texas power providers are using smart-home technology to attract and retain customers. (Bloomberg)

• The Associated Press updates its style guide, recommending “those who reject mainstream climate science” instead of “skeptics” or “deniers.”
• Coal company Murray Energy is suing Bloomberg, alleging it published trade secrets. (SNL Energy)

• Why the pope should scare climate change deniers. (New York Times)
• Why Hillary Clinton’s opposition to Keystone XL is a major win for environmentalists. (Vox)

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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