Clean Start: June 2, 2011

Welcome to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading, what are you?

Rep. Darrell Issa’s oil spill oversight witness Craig Taffaro, president of St. Bernard Parish, is an ethics nightmare. [Political Correction]

“The Republican-led New Hampshire House of Representatives voted for a second time to withdraw the state from the U.S. Northeast’s cap-and-trade program for power plants.” [Bloomberg]

“With continuing spill problems on the Keystone pipeline carrying oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands to the U.S., there are growing demands for a broader review before any approval of a second Keystone XL pipeline, proposed to carry the controversial product across the U.S. heartland to Texas.” [LA Times]

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) lifted his hold Wednesday on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after federal regulators approved the 15th permit for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP disaster, Vitter’s prescribed criterion. []

“An oil and gas trade group has taken the rare step of challenging a U.S. EPA information request, saying the agency is seeking too much data as it revisits a George W. Bush-era analysis of refineries’ cancer-causing emissions.” [Greenwire]

“Residents of Springfield began cleaning up Thursday after the first tornadoes to hit Massachusetts in three years killed four people, destroyed buildings and stirred fear among residents of a region far more accustomed to snowstorms.” [New York Times]

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