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Clean Start: November 8, 2011

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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?

Under Gov. Rick Perry‘s (R-TX) energy plan to end federal subsidies, clean energy businesses would likely lose a lot more than would fossil-fuel producers. [Bloomberg]

Mitt Romney‘s energy plan calls for greater U.S. production of coal, oil and natural gas, blocks new pollution regulations and rolls back some old ones, and abandons federal subsidies for “green” technologies such as wind and solar power, deriding the Obama administration’s “unhealthy ‘green’ jobs obsession.” [McClatchy]

A U.S. anti-dumping probe into Chinese solar panel makers will undermine bilateral trade and harm global efforts to develop clean energy and cut emissions, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua said in a commentary published on Tuesday, arguing the United States was blaming China “to cosset its own inefficiency and incompetence.” [Reuters]

United Airlines flew the first-ever commercial domestic flight using a blend of biofuel and traditional jet fuel. [DOT]

BP, Transocean and cement contractor Halliburton filed motions late Monday in federal court in New Orleans seeking to keep the federal investigative reports on the Gulf disaster out of the civil case. [AP]

South Africa‘s Chamber of Mines and petrochemicals group Sasol on Tuesday came out opposing the country’s main climate policy goals. [Reuters]

“TransCanada already has a route along the eastern side of our state,” Heineman, a Republican, said in an interview about the Keystone XL pipeline. “If they put this second pipeline right next to it, I’ll stand up and be supportive, so will Nebraskans and this controversy will end.” [BusinessWeek]

Ben Santer, one of the world’s most respected climate scientists, demolishes the “no warming since 1998″ myth. [Climate Crocks]

Deaths and health problems from floods, drought and other U.S. disasters related to climate change cost an estimated $14 billion over the last decade, researchers said on Monday. [Reuters]

Two GOP senators want the Energy Department’s (DOE) internal watchdog to investigate a planned $730 million loan for a company to manufacture high-strength automotive steel in Michigan. [The Hill}

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