FOSSIL FUELS: The International Energy Agency projects global demand for oil, natural gas and coal will peak before 2030, noting that “new large scale fossil fuel projects carry not only major climate risks, but major financial risks.” (Financial Times)

• A report finds the U.S. is behind more than a third of planned expansions of oil and gas production by midcentury, based on anticipated carbon emissions from the projects. (Guardian)
• Two environmental groups and a ranking Ohio Democrat call for an investigation into the use of unknowing residents’ names and addresses submitted in support of drilling for oil and gas in state parks. (

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• 2023 has already been a record year for billion-dollar weather disasters in the U.S., thanks to a combination of climate-fueled extremes and development in vulnerable locations. (Associated Press)
• California lawmakers pass legislation requiring major corporations to disclose direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, the nation’s most sweeping such mandate. (KCAL)
• Efforts by some politicians to replace climate science discussions in classrooms with fossil fuel industry-backed curriculum are meeting with mixed success. (E&E News)
U.S. Rep. John Curtis, a Utah Republican, urges his colleagues at a conservative climate summit to “reverse the narrative that … we don’t care about this earth.” (Deseret News)

• This year has seen a record number of attacks on U.S. grid infrastructure, an issue that no single agency tracks and that local officials are not well-positioned to respond to. (Politico)
• Texas battery facilities supplied 2,172 MW during a critical evening last week, providing 3% of grid’s overall power and propping it up while it operated in emergency mode. (Texas Tribune)

• East Coast offshore wind projects are ramping up development, but stakeholders disagree as to whether there’s enough reputable science yet to identify environmental harms. (Associated Press)
• “We have nothing to fall back on”: Officials in Paulsboro, New Jersey, are concerned rising offshore wind development costs could lead to canceled projects, which in turn could hurt the community’s big shot at economic redevelopment. (

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California startup plans to build the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging station with 400 ports at a casino complex near San Diego. (E&E News, subscription)

CARBON CAPTURE: South Dakota regulators have now denied permits for two carbon pipeline proposals, citing conflicts with county ordinances, though developers intend to reapply. (Argus Leader)

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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.