Good Monday morning, our thoughts are with those hit by Hurricane Irma — and everyone continuing to recover after Harvey.

My latest Harder Line column offers a layman's guide — and relatable analogy — to explain the connection between climate change and extreme weather. I also have a scoop at the end about how a federally paid scientist is going to analyze climate's impact on these latest two hurricanes and maybe the wildfires hitting the western United States.

After teasing the top of my column, I'll hand things back to Ben to get you up on the latest energy news.