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THE TOP 10 FOR FEBRUARY 6, 2013
Jewell for Interior Secretary – President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell — the CEO of outdoors gear retailer REI — to succeed Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary. (The Hill)
Devastating - A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture concludes rising temperatures from climate change could have a drastic impact on agriculture, forcing farmers to change where they grow crops and increasing the amount of weeds, pests and diseases that threaten operations. (USA Today)
Team Solar or Team Wind? – The U.S. will likely add more solar power than wind energy for the first time by the end of this year. The cheap price of solar panels and wind uncertainty may lead to three to four gigawatts of solar capacity added this year. (Bloomberg)
Running on empty – Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded. Both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebbs since record keeping started in 1918. (NPR)
The Sandy plan – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $400 million to buy and raze homes in New York’s flood plains gets a look. (New York Times)
Expanding carbon rule? – Last year, the Obama administration took steps to curb carbon pollution in newly constructed power plants using the EPA’s regulatory authority, and now the President may be considering expanding that rule to include existing power plants. (Wall Street Journal)
Betting on EVs – The Pentagon is quietly placing its next big energy bet on plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). The Defense Department will spend $20 for the first year of a pilot program testing a fleet of plug-in electric trucks, buses and the infrastructure needed for them. (E&E News)
Whoa doggies – Warmer weather in Alaska has forced changes ahead of the Iditarod sled dog race. Several winter qualifying events have been postponed already. (New York Times)
Delays in Kansas? – The Kansas State Legislature is considering pushing back the state’s renewable energy standards. The 15 percent mandate would move from 2016 to 2018 and the 20 percent mandate from 2020 to 2024. (Lawrence Journal World)
Making the switch – Ypsilanti, Michigan may be converting to LED streetlights, a move the city believes could save about $23,000 annually in energy costs. (AnnArbor.com)
Los Angeles Times - Sandy recovery on Staten Island might take years
Kansas City Star (MO): Missouri House panel to take up ‘right to work’ bill
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