Clean Start: August 31, 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?

— Exxon Mobil won a coveted prize in the global petroleum industry Tuesday with an agreement to explore for oil in a Russian portion of the Arctic Ocean that is being opened for drilling even as Alaskan waters remain mostly off limits. [NYT]

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is “sure” President Obama will offer specific proposals for boosting energy-related jobs in next week’s big speech on job creation. [NJ]

— Actress Daryl Hannah has been arrested at the White House along with other environmental protesters opposing a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. [AP]

— The American Lung Association urged members of the debt super committee this week to reject policy riders and protect key public health programs as part of their deal to cut the deficit by at least $1.2 billion. [E2Wire]

— Under fire for oil spills off China’s eastern coast, ConocoPhillips says it has finished collecting virtually all oil and drilling mud released into Bohai Bay, meeting a deadline to finish its cleanup by Wednesday. China’s State Oceanic Administration, however, criticized the oil company’s handling of the spills that began in June and said it would work with those affected, reportedly including scallops growers in the area, to seek compensation for damage. [AP]

— Under new rules approved by federal regulators Tuesday, nuclear power plant operators will be required to update emergency evacuation times as the population near a reactor increases. [E2Wire]

— Americans for Prosperity, the tea party group founded by the oil billionaire Koch brothers, launches a radio ad in seven states today attacking the natural-gas vehicle booster bill chiefly authored by oil billionaire turned clean(-ish) energy advocate T. Boone Pickens. [National Journal email]

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