Clean Start: December 5, 2011

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Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a state of emergency late on Sunday to quell protests against Newmont Mining’s $4.8 billion Conga mine project that have hobbled the region of Cajamarca for 11 days. [Reuters]

Nearly two-thirds of moderate or liberal Republicans now believe there is solid evidence for global warming, according to a poll from the Pew research center, up 22 points since 2009. [Guardian]

High winds returned to the Los Angeles area early on Saturday as over 100,000 homes and businesses lost power, due to fallen trees and other damage from an ongoing windstorm. [Reuters]

Greenpeace activists entered several French nuclear sites on Monday to highlight what they called a lack of security at the plants six months before a presidential election. [Reuters]

The natural gas industry has benefited Representative Dan Boren (D-OK), who has acted as one of its best friends on Capitol Hill. [NY Times]

Two members of the Senate have revived the debate over the federal government’s flood insurance program, with one pushing to extend the program before it expires and the other demanding faster payment on existing claims. [Reuters]

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a flash flood watch that will remain in effect through Monday afternoon for portions of northern Louisiana, southwest Arkansas southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas. [News Star]

Thailand’s king called for his countrymen to unite in response to the worst floods in half a century. [WSJ]

Clear-cut logging of pine-beetle damaged forests in Canada is destroying rancher and farmer livelihoods. [Vancouver Sun]

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