Clean Start: June 27, 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?

Thousands gathered on U.S. beaches in annual “Hands Across the Sand” events protesting offshore oil drilling and promoting clean energy. [UPI]

The LA Times calls on the EPA to accelerate rules to limit greenhouse gases after the Supreme Court decision cut off other options. [Los Angeles Times]

A front page story in the Washington Post on Sunday parrots oil-industry talking points to attack clean-tech companies. [Media Matters]

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) is “hinting that Republicans upset with the White House decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) could seek to limit future releases” with new spending bill riders. [E2]

A California appellate court has ruled that “state regulators can proceed with plans to implement a carbon cap-and-trade system, a decision that puts them on track to launch the market as scheduled in January 2012.” [Reuters]

The U.S. House “passed legislation last week that would give the Environmental Protection Agency six months to approve or reject permits for offshore drilling and force the agency to measure potential air pollution from offshore drilling on land, not at the drilling site.” [NOLA]

Now that NOAA under the Obama administration is asking Congress to approve the budget-neutral reorganization necessary to establish a Climate Service, it is meeting with resistance. Echoing House Republicans, Fox Nation posted the headline, “Obama Admin. Caught Setting Up Global Warming ‘Propaganda Office.’” [Media Matters]

Raging wildfires in New Mexico forced the evacuation of the famed nuclear lab at Los Alamos today. [NY Daily News]

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