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June 25 News: Markey And Gomez Battle To The Finish In MA Senate Race

Massachusetts voters will choose their junior senator to replace Secretary of State John Kerry in today’s special election: Rep. Ed Markey, who got a cap-and-trade bill passed in the House or Gabriel Gomez, who claims to be a “green Republican” but mostly talks about supporting the Keystone XL pipeline. [CBS News]

Massachusetts voters appear poised to keep their congressional delegation blue in Tuesday’s special senatorial election, according to the latest poll. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., leads Republican Gabriel Gomez by 10 percent, 52 to 42 percent, in the race for Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate seat, according to Suffolk University.

Democrats in the state have been intent on assuring that Tuesday’s election won’t be a repeat of the 2010 Senate special election, when Republican Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat. Brown filled Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat after his death, but lost reelection against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in November.

Today, President Obama is going to detail his plans to address climate change during his second term — but he’s just giving the people what they want. The public gives broad support to air pollution regulations, including those for carbon. [Reuters op-ed]

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One concern about the new carbon pollution standards is how long they could possibly take to be enacted — and the fact that oil and gas refineries are not included. [Fuel Fix, Fuel Fix]

Coal shares plunged yesterday, a result of President Obama’s upcoming climate speech, weak economic data from China and overall stock market downturn. [Washington Post]

Alaska has been dealing with record highs as the jet stream wobbles and weaves “like a drunken driver.” [AP]

Lots of people in the media are still confusing “a slowdown in global surface air warming” with “a slowdown in global warming.” [Skeptical Science]

Four people have been killed in the worst flood in Alberta’s history. [Bloomberg]

An oversupply of carbon permits in the EU’s emissions trading program will cancel out efforts to cut emissions elsewhere, according to a new report. [Guardian]

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court decision nixing an EPA rule aimed at cutting soot and smog emissions that cross state lines. [The Hill]

Chile’s Environmental Evaluation Service has already approved 4 gigawatts of new solar projects, and is reviewing another 2.2 gigawatts. [Clean Technica]

The world’s first vessel to circumnavigate the planet will become a research ship this summer. [New York Times]

Over the weekend, a wildfire burning up the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado doubled in size — 117 square miles. [AP]

Researchers have developed a single-step way of converting carbon dioxide into methanol fuel. [Clean Technica]