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Clean Start: December 19, 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?

Big business is not happy with the GOP’s war on efficient light bulb standards, after companies like General Electric, Philips and Osram Sylvania have spent big bucks preparing for the standards. [Politico]

Senate Democrats approved the middle-class payroll tax cut on Saturday, which includes the tar sands poison pill. The legislation gives the Obama administration a 60-day window to make a decision on the pipeline. Even so, the House GOP is still dissatisfied with the Senate bill. [Thomas]

Appearing on on Sunday’s Meet the Press, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) dismissed Nebraska Keystone XL pipeline concerns as “nonsense” and repeated discredited, grossly inflated claims about the pipeline’s potential to create jobs. [NBC]

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday conditionally approved a plan by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to drill exploration wells in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. [AP]

The Discovery Channel is set to air “Frozen Planet”, a controversial documentary series co-produced by the BBC in the U.S. next year. The last episode will examine what rising temperatures mean for planet life, especially at the Poles. [The Telegraph]

An Iowan challenged Texas Governor Rick Perry’s energy policy at a campaign stop this weekend, saying Perry’s idea to eliminate the Department of Energy would have disastrous consequences. [Des Moines Register]

A major banana company, Chiquita Brands International, is curbing its reliance on fuels from Canada’s tar sands for its shipments. However, the company is facing attack from Keystone XL proponents, including the Alberta Enterprise Group, which has called for a boycott. [The Hill]

A teenage group Kids for Climate Action formed a flashmob in Vancouver, singing and dancing as a way to draw attention to climate action. Being too young to vote, the teens called out the Canadian government by reworking lyrics from “Jingle Bell Rock” to “Climate change sucks.” [CTV British Columbia]

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