Clean Start: February 24, 2012

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?

On Thursday, Lucy Lawless scaled the derrick of the Noble Discoverer, Shell Oil’s drilling ship that is scheduled to travel from New Zealand to the Chukchi Sea to begin exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. [Mother Jones]

When a civil case against BP PLC opens on Monday, federal prosecutors plan to accuse the oil giant of making a series of decisions that caused it to be grossly negligent in the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, according to sealed documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. [WSJ]

More than two decades after Congress passed tough new rules to clean up the nation’s air, the chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group said yesterday the country should adopt those standards. [NJ Spotlight]

A quick-burning wildfire raced through 40 acres of dry trees and brush in Soda Canyon Thursday, sending a plume of grayish brown smoke over the Napa Valley. [Napa Valley Register]

A dozen US Senators, including John Kerry and Scott Brown, are urging government officials to reauthorize a production tax credit for wind energy projects that is set to expire at the end of the year. [Boston Globe]

Drought kept a tight grip on large sections of the United States, but recent rains put some of the most hard-hit areas on the road to recovery, a report from climate experts said Thursday. [Reuters]

What may surprise you is what one of Wall Street’s top regulators has to say about who you’re paying when you fill up at the pump: speculators on Wall Street. [ABC News]

Ongoing dry weather over the spring and summer threatens to place more areas of England in a state of drought, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned. [BBC]

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