Clean Start: August 11, 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 climate change skeptics and deniers — many of whom hail from Texas and Oklahoma, the epicenter of this summer’s misery — rarely discuss the price of inaction,” says the USA Today editorial board. [USA Today]

A tornado packing winds of more than 110 mph that spun through Oklahoma, leaving one person dead and thousands without power, was part of a system that also included severe thunderstorms and caused widespread damage, authorities said Wednesday. [AP]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he will be looking for GOP cooperation to make energy policy a “signature issue” for the Senate this fall. [E&E News]

In Australia, one in three families have children and parents who disagree on the importance of climate change with one in five parents saying they didn’t believe in climate change. [The Australian]

Twelve US environmental groups have written an open letter to congressional leaders to use the soon-to-be-announced “super-committee” tasked with agreeing up to $1.5tn worth of budget cuts to deliver an end to oil industry tax breaks. [Business Green]

Natural gas drillers should reveal all chemicals they use in the drilling technique called fracking used to tap deep shale reserves, a government panel said on Thursday, even though the risk of water pollution from the technique is “remote.” [Reuters]

Four weather systems in the Atlantic are being monitored by meteorologists, including a large area of disturbance off West Africa that may signal the start of the most active part of the annual hurricane season. [Bloomberg]

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will embark next week on an expedition to monitor acidification trends in the Arctic Ocean linked to carbon emissions, the agency said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The U.S. Army is forming a task force to work with developers that may spend as much as $7.1 billion over the next decade to build renewable power plants at U.S. military sites. [Bloomberg]

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