Clean Start: December 1, 2011

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will introduce legislation early next year requiring that a portion of the country’s electricity be generated from low-carbon energy sources. [The Hill]

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) said the House would call on Energy Secretary Steven Chu to resign if a vote were taken. [Politico]

A ferocious and widespread Santa Ana wind event — one meteorologists call the strongest in five to 10 years — is on track to batter Southern California Thursday through Saturday, the National Weather Service says. [USA Today]

As global temperatures continue to rise at an accelerated rate due to deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels, natural stores of carbon in the Arctic permafrost are cause for serious concern, researchers say. [Science Daily]

The Canadian tar sands company Suncor Energy said on Wednesday it has contained a leak of an oily substance near its Commerce City refinery in Colorado that was running into Sand Creek, which joins a river that supplies Denver with water. [Reuters]

Shares in Chinese wind and solar companies listed in Shanghai and overseas rose strongly, lifted in part by Beijing’s announcement that it will double the surcharge on power sales to subsidize renewable power generation, analysts said. [Reuters]

Senate Republicans led by Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) are pushing for an expedited decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline permit, proposing on Wednesday a bill that would require the secretary of state to grant a permit for the controversial project within 60 days – unless President Obama were to publicly determine that the pipeline is “not in the national interest” before then. [CBS News]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will propose a long-delayed “boiler rule” this week that aims to slash emissions of mercury, soot and lead from boilers and incinerators, a measure opposed by heavy industry and by Republicans in Congress. [Reuters]

State oil and gas agencies tasked with regulating the flood of new drilling across the country have the “dual mission” of promoting drilling. [E&E News]

A final hearing on proposals to lift a ban on fracking for natural gas in New York state drew a crowd of protesters on Wednesday opposing further energy development there. [Reuters]

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