TRANSPORTATION: Proposed new rules from the Department of Transportation would raise fuel efficiency requirements for gasoline-powered vehicles from 49 mpg in 2026 to 58 mpg by 2032, with tougher standards for pickups and SUVs. (E&E News)

• Ford pushes back its target of producing 600,000 electric vehicles per year to 2024, acknowledging demand is “a little slower than expected.” (Washington Post)
• Tesla is building outlets on tribal lands to get around state laws requiring cars be sold through dealerships. (Associated Press)
• An informal tally finds at least 25 members of Congress drive electric vehicles, including a Kentucky Republican whose Tesla bears a “Friends of Coal” specialty license plate. (Politico)

• The U.S. is eyeing Mongolia as a source for raw materials needed for clean energy manufacturing, but shipping will be a challenge as the country is completely landlocked by Russia and China. (E&E News)
• The U.S. Senate passes an amendment aimed at increasing domestic advanced nuclear reactor fuel production and jumpstarting uranium mining in Utah and Wyoming. (Cowboy State Daily) 

• The U.S. healthcare system has roughly $10 billion invested in fossil fuels through its retirement plans and pension systems, which clean energy advocates say makes the sector glaringly absent from the divestiture movement. (Daily Climate)
• A company led by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is distributing a publication called the “Kids Guide to the Truth About Climate Change” that science educators say is filled with misinformation. (Inside Climate News)

GRID: Minnesota utilities say they are prioritizing landowner and community engagement along the route of a planned 180-mile, $970 million transmission line that will eventually connect central and northern Minnesota. (Energy News Network)

• Texas oil companies dodge pollution complaints by using the state’s informal “one-mile rule” to dismiss groups and citizens who live farther than one mile from facilities being challenged, even as state officials deny that such a rule exists. (Inside Climate News)
• Activists want Philadelphia’s transit system to be subject to tougher air pollution restrictions for a gas-fired generator it operates in a predominantly Black neighborhood as the facility’s permit comes up for renewal. (WHYY)

• Colorado officials accuse Xcel Energy of obstructing their probe of the 2021 Marshall Fire, and the company tells shareholders it may not have enough insurance to pay damages related to the fire. (Denver 7, CPR)
• A former FBI agent describes the “jaw-dropping” investigation and case against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and his role in Ohio’s largest corruption scheme. (Columbus Dispatch)

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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.