CLIMATE: New polling shows American concern about climate change is at its highest level in eight years. (Finance)

• Legal experts say the federal rules would likely be upheld if Merrick Garland is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (EnergyWire)
• Climate science deniers join the fight against the Clean Power Plan. (InsideClimate News)
The Midwest’s grid operator projects more coal plant closures than originally expected to comply with the Clean Power Plan. (EnergyWire)

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• The California utility responsible for the Aliso Canyon gas leak warned of “unsafe conditions” in a 2014 rate case still pending before regulators. (Los Angeles Times)
• After receiving an ultimatum from a federal judge, the Interior Department cancels a lease for drilling on Montana land considered sacred by local tribes. (Associated Press)
• Colorado lawmakers advance a bill making it easier to sue oil and gas companies over earthquake damage, Gov. John Hickenlooper says the bill “raises serious concerns.” (Associated Press, Denver Business Journal)
• Texas groups say FERC’s rejection of an Oregon LNG terminal makes approval of similar facilities elsewhere less likely. (San Antonio Business Journal)

• In response to numerous accidents in recent years, the federal government moves to strengthen safety rules for the country’s natural gas transmission network.(Associated Press)
• TransCanada is spending $10.2 billion to buy a Houston company that will give it more access to U.S. shale plays. (Houston Chronicle)

• The White House announces $65.8 million in economic revitalization funds for Appalachian coal communities. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• North Carolina’s governor abruptly disbands a state coal ash oversight committee. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Kentucky’s state Senate approves a bill eliminating state inspections of coal mines. (Lexington Herald Leader)
A lawyer is suing the operator of a Colorado Springs coal plant over pollution records. (KUSA)
• New Mexico regulators reject a request to investigate details of a utility’s role in financing a coal mine purchase. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

• California regulators give the Ivanpah solar plant more time to avoid defaulting on a generation contract. (San Jose Mercury News)
• A California utility says the state’s current net metering laws are “forcing the low-income and working poor residents that we serve to pay for the solar of much wealthier people.” (PV Tech)
• How pending legislation in Maine could impact community solar. (Energy Policy Update)
A Minnesota school district will install solar panels on all of its buildings as a way to cut down on electricity costs. (Farmington Independent)

• An area off Long Island being considered for offshore wind may have enough potential to rival a nuclear power plant. (Bloomberg)
• New research suggests some bat species are more resilient to wind farm impacts than others. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION: The EPA rejects part of a southern California smog reduction plan, saying it has failed to cut emissions from refineries and other major sources. (Los Angeles Times)

RENEWABLES: A $4 million grant will help drive clean energy initiatives in Buffalo, New York. (Buffalo News)

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TRANSPORTATION: A lawsuit targeting a Denver freeway expansion says the project shouldn’t qualify for federal funds under the Clean Air Act because of pollution issues. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY: How your tax dollars are being used to prop up failing coal companies. (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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