Clean Start: June 9, 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?

“The massive wildfires raging in Arizona expanded as wind-whipped flames tore through canyons in the eastern mountains, forcing firefighters to retreat,” and “the flames are threatening power supplies, which may lead to rolling blackouts across parts of Texas and New Mexico.” [ABCNews]

The heat wave that burned up the Midwest, killing five Americans, is now scorching the East Coast with record temperatures and dangerous air quality. [IBT]

A Googlemap of the route for the March on Blair Mountain, with points of historical significance and current surface mine sites. [March on Blair Mountain]

“U.S. solar-power companies say they’ll be in a position to compete on price with conventional generation within three years, without subsidy, as costs come down,” the Financial Times reported. [Bloomberg]

The Plaquemines Parish president, Billy Nungesser, says “oil has been spotted in the waters off the coast near Venice and that he believes the seven-mile slick is from last year’s BP spill.” [NYT]

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) “will take a whirlwind tour of Alaska Thursday as Republicans are putting increasing pressure on the Obama administration to speed up drilling in the state.” [E2]

New Hampshire’s Republican-led legislature “cleared a bill to withdraw the state from the U.S. Northeast’s carbon-trading market,” a proposal that may be vetoed by Governor John Lynch. [Bloomberg]

Media Matters takes on Running on Empty, the Americans for Prosperity campaign to defend oil companies and speculators for high gas prices. [Media Matters]

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