Clean Start: June 21, 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?

In a new report, scientists warn that ocean life is “at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history”. [BBC]

“A lightning strike, the record-breaking heat wave and continuing dry conditions combined to produce a raging wildfire” near Wilmington, NC. [StarNews]

“Officials say two Division of Forestry firefighters died and two others were injured while fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in north Florida.” [AP]

Green power companies and trade groups have founded the Coalition for Clean and Renewable Energy to support the passage of a national clean-energy standard. [E2]

Because of a profound journalistic failure, the American public is less likely to believe in global warming than it was just five years ago, although scientists are more confident than ever that climate change is real and caused largely by human activities. [NPR]

“Veteran renewable energy financier Matt Cheney has raised $200 million that his new venture, CleanPath, aims to use to jumpstart 1,000 megawatts’ worth of solar power plants over the next five years.” [Todd Woody]

When congressional Republicans cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget 16 percent as part of a deal with President Obama in April to keep the government running, instead of hitting the federal bureaucracy, they ended up slashing state-level budgets for clean water and air. [Washington Post]

“Jimmy Wayne Harrell, Transocean Ltd.’s highest-ranking drilling employee on the Deepwater Horizon rig before it exploded and sank, refused to testify in civil lawsuits over the disaster.” [BusinessWeek]

Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission “are examining whether oil companies, refiners or traders have manipulated crude-oil markets, the latest government action spurred by the rise in fuel prices this year.” [WSJ]

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