Clean Start: July 19, 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?

A long-duration, widespread heat wave continues to bake virtually the entire central U.S., with a potentially deadly combination of high heat and humidity extending from Texas all the way to the Canadian border, oozing eastward during the course of this week. [Washington Post]

Canada’s energy and mines ministers are meeting to discuss a national energy plan at a conference “sponsored by big oil including some of the main players in Alberta’s unfolding Tar Sands mega-disaster.” [Sierra Club]

Chicago school officials are distributing fans to classrooms as temperatures soar throughout the city. [AP]

Killer storms in Michigan “knocked out power to 60,000 homes from Fowlerville to Monroe on a week they need air conditioning the most, downed a wire that killed a 31-year-old man near the 19100 block of Lenore on Detroit’s west side, and toppled trees.” [Detroit News]

The relentless heat wave in Oklahoma caused a 60-inch water main to break in Oklahoma City, and is causing buckling on concrete roads and highways across the state, and is suspected to have caused three deaths. [Oklahoman]

The American Lung Association is urging the White House to cast aside the Business Roundtable’s bid to scuttle the EPA’s upcoming smog standards, explaining that would lead to pollution-related deaths. [E2]

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