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EPA set aside pollution findings after oil company complaints

FRACKING: An Associated Press report finds the EPA set aside an analysis connecting natural gas drilling to water contamination in Texas after complaints from the drilling company.

POLITICS: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a strong advocate of wind and solar power, announces he’s stepping down. (Politico)

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TRANSPORTATION: At the Detroit auto show, electric vehicles still make a big splash, but even a hologram of Thomas Edison acknowledged “the transition will still take some time.” (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A study finds drivers and cyclists are equally to blame for car-bike collisions in Minneapolis. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: A Republican lawmaker introduces a bill that would shield Indiana ratepayers from paying for a planned coal-to-gas plant, potentially derailing the project. (Indianapolis Star)

SOLAR: Construction is expected to begin soon on a community-owned solar project in Minnesota, and a new interactive map projects when solar energy will be cheaper than conventional generation across the U.S. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, CleanTechnica)

POLLUTION: The EPA issues revisions to a 2010 air quality rule, saying the changes will cut costs of the regulation while still improving public health. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: Minnesota legislators get a briefing on how climate change is impacting the state. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL: The American Petroleum Institute launches an ad campaign promoting Keystone XL and natural gas exports, and North Dakota officials assure neighbors that a proposed oil field waste facility will be safe. (Politico, Dickinson Press)

MINNESOTA: On an energy tour of rural Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Congress needs to establish renewable energy incentives “for a longer term instead of year to year to year.” (Worthington Daily Globe)

BIOFUELS: A federal court rejects a challenge to E15 sales. (The Hill)

GEOTHERMAL: A Twin Cities suburb will heat its new fire hall with a $9.2 million geothermal system. (Finance & Commerce)

COMMENTARY: Ontario pushes coal out the door. (CleanTechnica)

 

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