Clean Start: July 12, 2011

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"Clean Start: July 12, 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 monsoons arrived in northern New Mexico on Monday, bringing with them the promise of containing the state’s worst worldfire in history, but they also brought “potential peril from flash floods, wind bursts and lightning, with possible flooding made worse by the ground-clearing fires.” [Reuters]

Congressional Republicans this week are side-tracking $1.5 billion in high-speed rail money that had been awarded to projects across the country to pay for flood disaster relief. [McClatchy]

TransCanada has not fully assessed possible spill impacts of the Keystone XL line, according to an independent analysis by John Stansbury of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. [Reuters]

India’s new environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan, is not expected to be as strong in standing up to industrial polluters as the charismatic Jairam Ramesh. [Reuters]

The heat wave that has spread to 23 states killed a 51-year-old man in Granite City, IL. [KARK]

Crop conditions in Kansas as the state bakes in the 100+ heat wave are declining, with about 20 percent of corn, sorghum, and soybean crops in poor condition. [AP]

Union Pacific Railroad crews have been working up and down the Missouri River to deal with the effects of the record flooding. [Omaha World-Herald]

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