Clean Start: August 15, 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?

Critical water pipelines are breaking from coast to coast, triggered by this summer’s record high temperatures that have been fueled by global warming pollution. [CNN]

Scattered heavy rains brought badly needed relief to parched north and west Texas overnight, but forecasters said on Friday that the storms quickly passed and were not enough to break the devastating drought that has gripped the state. [Reuters]

Four more deaths in New York City from last month’s eight-day heat wave have been ruled heat-related, including three people in their 30s, bringing the total of heat wave deaths to 11. [NBCNY]

After months of dry conditions and triple-digit heat causing at least 16 deaths, Oklahoma City broke the cycle this week with rain and cooler temperatures. [Oklahoman]

A major rainmaker bearing down on the Northeast dumped several inches of precipitation on New Jersey Sunday morning, with 3.27 inches recorded at Newark Airport by 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. [Star-Ledger]

Austin Energy is reaping a windfall from what is shaping up as the hottest Central Texas summer on record. [Austin American-Statesman]

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday the nation must decide what level of Arctic oil spill cleanup response capability the agency should have along the Arctic coast as an oil company prepares to begin drilling there. [AP]

Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) signed a wind turbine and spoke in favor of alternative energy development Saturday morning at the Iowa straw poll exhibit sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association. [Des Moines Register]

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