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Republicans back CO2 limits; taxpayers subsidize oil trains

CLIMATE:Global peer pressure” drives an first-of-its-kind agreement among 200 nations to cut emissions. (New York Times)

ALSO: A poll finds a majority of Americans, including half of Republicans, support limits on carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

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EFFICIENCY: Michigan lawmakers advance a bill that would extend PACE financing — currently limited to commercial properties — to homeowners. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION: An analysis finds that while railroads reap record profits, taxpayers have paid $84 million for new rail cars to carry crude oil. (Reuters)

EPA: Lawyers prepare for challenges to the Clean Power Plan based on federal vs. state authority, and Illinois lawmakers voice support for carbon regulations. (ClimateWire, Environmental Defense Fund)

SOLAR: A Minnesota town imposes a moratorium on solar farms, Michigan utilities plan community solar projects, and an Indiana utility plans another large solar installation. (Minnesota Watchdog, Crain’s Detroit Business, Crawfordsville Journal Review)

OIL AND GAS: Oil production falls in North Dakota amid low prices, a study predicts tougher rules to prevent earthquakes, and workers lose control of a natural gas well in Ohio. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Columbus Business First, Houston Business Journal)

KEYSTONE XL: Will low oil prices doom Keystone XL? (Politico)

TRANSMISSION: FERC approves a new transmission line to carry Canadian hydropower into Minnesota. (Duluth News Tribune)

WIND: A study finds Nebraska’s grid could support an additional 2,000 megawatts of wind energy. (Lincoln Journal Star)

POLLUTION: Wisconsin environmental groups say state regulators are not complying with federal rules to control pollution. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

COAL: Advocates highlight the economic risks of southern Illinois’ dependence on the oal industry. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

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GEOTHERMAL: An Ohio bakery installs a geothermal heating and cooling system. (Athens News)

COMMENTARY: Recent regulatory decisions are the latest examples of Scott Walker’s ideology getting in the way of job growth in Wisconsin. (Madison Capital-Times)

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