NATURAL GAS: A new report shows how the natural gas industry downplayed health risks as it pushed for adoption of gas stoves in the 1970s, echoing tactics used by tobacco companies. (NPR)


POLITICS: Climate groups pledge $80 million toward ads touting the Biden administration’s environmental accomplishments, and campaign finance data shows some major oil industry backers are shifting support to Donald Trump’s GOP rivals. (New York Times, Bloomberg) 

EFFICIENCY: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is leading an effort to prevent the federal government from updating building codes for housing built with public funds. (HuffPost)

OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey’s Cape May County sues the federal government for what it describes as rushing to provide permits for an Ørsted wind farm and ignoring local business and wildlife impacts. (NJ Advance Media, Reuters)

SOLAR: Environmentalists push back on two proposed utility-scale solar installations on federal land in Nevada, saying they are too close to Death Valley National Park and a wildlife refuge. (Pahrump Valley Times)


  • Allowing the UAW to organize workers at forthcoming electric vehicle battery plants could alter the living standards for much of the U.S. automotive workforce as well as the cost of electric vehicles, experts say. (E&E News)
  • Tesla says its Gigafactory in Texas has paid more than $15 million in local taxes since 2020 and supports more than 15,000 jobs. (KVUE)


ADVOCACY: The new leader of Ohio’s state-funded ratepayer advocacy agency says refunds for unlawful utility charges are among her top priorities in the new role. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: A former Natural Resources Defense Council program director says federal reforms are needed to designate safe storage spaces for spent nuclear waste. (Scientific American)

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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.