Clean Start: June 6, 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?

“With the Wallow fire and the Horseshoe Two fire burning nearly 300,000 acres, the start of wildfire season in Arizona is the worst in decades.” [Suite101]

Natural gas is not the “panacea” to solve climate change that fossil fuel industry lobbyists have been claiming, according to new research from the International Energy Agency. Reliance on gas would lead the world to a 3.5C temperature rise, according to the IEA. [Guardian]

In an op-ed, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu discusses the administration agenda of “increasing domestic production, diversifying our transportation energy choices, and developing more efficient vehicles” and praises Denver’s participation in the Clean Cities program. [Denver Post]

“Cities up and down the Missouri River in Nebraska and Iowa are inspecting flood walls and piling up sandbags to prepare for a deluge of water the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release later this month.” [AP]

“Hundreds of firefighters were using bulldozers, air tankers, and other heavy equipment Saturday to battle one of Alberta’s largest forest fires in history.” [Toronto Sun]

Americans for Prosperity is launching a new campaign to blame President Obama for rising gas prices, as their parent company Koch Industries profits from the oil markets. [Politico]

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