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White House won’t bow to company’s Keystone XL request

KEYSTONE XL:
• The White House says it won’t bow to TransCanada’s request to suspend the review process for the project, looking to make a decision before the end of Obama’s presidency. (New York Times)
However, the “surprise request” from TransCanada continues to put pressure on the administration. (Greenwire)
Nebraska remains at the center of the debate as opponents have successfully stalled the project for years by challenging it in court. (Associated Press)
TransCanada’s request won’t affect South Dakota’s permit review. (Associated Press)

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)

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COAL:
• Wisconsin joins 23 other states in a new lawsuit challenging restrictions on the construction of new coal plants. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Advocates in Illinois warn of a municipal utility’s coal-ash ponds leaking into groundwater and drinking water supplies. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

NUCLEAR:
• Retiring more nuclear plants will make emission-reduction targets even more difficult. (The Conversation)
A company announces it will speed up the process to decommission a nuclear plant in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: An obscure, nonpartisan group of attorneys that typically cleans up existing laws has been thrust into the spotlight as it streamlines environmental rules. (E&E Daily)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Sierra Club is threatening to sue four oil companies, alleging their wastewater disposal techniques have caused hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma. (EnergyWire)
According to one analysis, only 1 percent of Bakken oil patch development breaks even at current prices. (Forbes)

FRACKING:
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)

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

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: Company officials deny the latest round of allegations that more vehicles than previously thought had emissions-cheating software. (ClimateWire)

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TRANSPORTATION: After years of debate, the Michigan legislature narrowly passes a road funding bill that raises taxes on gasoline and increases registration fees. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• That it took a judge to overrule We Energies and Wisconsin regulators on extra fees for solar customers “is a disappointment because it shows the lack of vision for the future” by the utility. (Racine Journal Times)
The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says the state attorney general’s joining the Clean Power Plan lawsuit is “embarrassing.” (Detroit News)

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