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Poll: Americans know about climate change, just don’t care that much

• A poll finds a majority of Americans understand the climate is changing, but aren’t deeply concerned about it. (Associated Press)
• 23 states sue the EPA over carbon rules for new power plants. (The Hill) 
• A bill in the U.S. Senate would block further fossil fuel leases on federal lands. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Clean Power Plan has majority support among citizens in all but three of the states that are fighting it. (ClimateProgress)

• The White House says it will disregard calls from TransCanada to delay a decision on the project. (New York Times)
• The delay puts a tighter squeeze on Canadian oil sands producers. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: A new study shows a mass defection of customers from utilities would have serious consequences. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: California is working toward pay-for-performance programs that experts say could revolutionize the way utilities deal with energy efficiency. (Greentech Media)

VW: Amid a broader scandal over its vehicles’ emissions, Volkswagen admits it understated CO2 emissions and overstated fuel economy for 800,000 vehicles sold in Europe. (New York Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: How Wal-Mart is advancing its clean energy goals by offloading the risk onto other companies. (Forbes)

• Outdated turbines at a California wind farm notorious for bird deaths will be replaced. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• A Colorado county is working to obtain equipment to measure infrasound levels at a wind farm after neighbors attribute health symptoms to the turbines. (KOAA)

POLITICS: Republican lawmakers tout the benefits of transitioning to more solar generation at the Conservative Clean Energy Summit. (YouTube)

An Ohio town rejects an anti-fracking ballot measure for a fifth time. (Youngstown Vindicator)
The federal government is reconsidering opening portions of a 240,000-acre national forest in Ohio to fracking. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: A new report says cellulosic biofuels are better for the climate than corn ethanol, and recommends federal policies adjust accordingly. (Houston Chronicle)

TECHNOLOGY: A new research laboratory in Michigan aims to provide the infrastructure for companies to prototype new mobility and grid energy storage ideas while maintaining their intellectual property. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Dubbing it “the dumbest nuclear dump ever,” a citizens group challenges a California agency’s approval to allow nuclear waste to be stored near a beach at the San Onofre site. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:Having discovered that it is stupid,” states are abandoning Mitch McConnell’s advice to reject the Clean Power Plan. (Vox)

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