Clean Start: August 16, 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?

Municipality leaders throughout Cumberland County in New Jersey assessed the devastation from Sunday’s torrential storms on Monday, with many left reeling from unprecedented sights in their towns. []

The Environmental Protection Agency opted Monday not to strengthen 40-year-old air-quality standards for carbon monoxide, a move that was met with immediate frustration by clean-air and public-health groups. [E2]

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” President Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. “There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.” [E2]

Royal Dutch Shell is struggling to shut down an oil spill leaking into the North Sea, after already spilling 54,600 gallons of oil. [AP]

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien did a terrible job covering the fight over mountaintop removal in West Virginia, Kate Sheppard explains. [Mother Jones]

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) conveniently forgot that Al Gore was fighting global warming in 1988, when Perry supported him. [Politico]

Two days before Shell went public with its spill in the North Sea, the Interior Department gave the company the go-ahead to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off the coast of Alaska. [Climate Progress]

Because of Congressional opposition, the Obama administration is on track to fall more than $200 million short on its $1 billion pledge to help prevent the cutting and burning of tropical rain forests. [Washington Post]

BP spill-claims fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg doesn’t need court supervision to ensure victims of the worst offshore spill in U.S. history are compensated fairly and quickly, his lawyer said. [Bloomberg]

While some members of Congress debate the scientific validity of climate change, U.S. cities like Chicago and New York are studying the effects of climate change and taking steps to counter adverse effects. [USA Today]

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) is calling for congressional hearings on flood control when he gets back to Washington. [KMEG]

The InfoClim project collects climate information and shares it with vulnerable populations, particularly substinence farmers, to help them adjust their sowing, cultivation and other dates to suit the current climate. [SciDev]

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) visited Monday with officials from the Iowa Flood Center at the Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory on the University of Iowa campus and promoted his efforts to create a national flood research center. [Press-Citizen]

On Monday, Houston recorded its 15th consecutive triple-digit heat day, eclipsing the record set in the summer of 1980. [Houston Chronicle]

Comments are closed.