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As CO2 levels approach ominous benchmark, updates go daily

CLIMATE: As the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere approaches 400 parts per million — a level never before seen by humans — a Hawaii observatory begins posting daily updates. (ClimateWire)

WISCONSIN: A new report warns that Wisconsin’s economic competitiveness could be at risk if the state doesn’t diversify its electricity sources. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Environmental groups and utilities in Nebraska debate how much of a role the state’s slow embrace of wind energy was a factor in losing a Facebook data center to Iowa, as the legislature quickly advances a bill providing tax breaks for wind farm components. (Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald)

ALSO: A controversial Minnesota wind farm may be entering its final chapter; and after months of debate, an Illinois county decides against changing its wind ordinance. (Minnesota Watchdog, Danville Commercial-News)

OIL:
• A spill of 600 gallons of crude from a Minnesota pipeline is blamed on an equipment failure. (DeSmogBlog)
• A North Dakota company faces sanctions from OSHA, and a fine of $33,000, following the death of an oil field worker. (Fargo Forum)
• A study finds the oil boom so far has only had a modest impact on the economic recovery, and a White House spokesman says increased domestic oil production is unlikely to lessen the U.S. military presence in the Middle East. (Washington Post, The Hill)
• Thousands of activists plan massive protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. (Houston Chronicle)

FRACKING: Developers of the FracFocus disclosure site defend the project after a recent critical study. (EnergyWire)

POLLUTION: State regulators prepare for “significant” cuts to local pollution enforcement following sequester-related reductions in the EPA’s budget. (Greenwire)

COAL: Environmental groups call for a formal review of a Minnesota utility’s plan to upgrade a coal plant. (Duluth News Tribune)

BIOENERGY: The Department of Energy and the dairy industry renew an effort to promote energy-saving practices on farms. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: Shareholders of a Missouri utility will vote today on a proposed efficiency resolution. (Joplin Globe)

SOLAR: Neighbors offer input on a proposed new solar array at the University of Michigan. (AnnArbor.com)

COMMENTARY: How will the energy picture change in ten years? (New York Times)

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