Clean Start: February 27, 2012

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“I think blaming the president for high gas prices is like blaming Rudy Giuliani for 9/11,” former Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Sunday on the “This Week” roundtable. “It’s totally ridiculous.” [ABC News]

A flood alert has been issued for large areas of inland New South Wales, Australia, with a thickening cloud band expected to dump heavy rain. [AAP]

The Washington Post Fact-Checker is not sure that economic misery is worth cheap gas. [Washington Post]

Earth’s clouds got a little lower — about one percent on average — during the first decade of this century. [Science Daily]

A powerful storm system will develop today in the Rockies and cross the Plains states Tuesday. [Wasau Daily Herald]

Volunteers and governmental assistance are helping North Carolina communities rebuild from Hurricane Irene. [WRAI]

A solar energy array now working at Jefferson County International Airport makes the small airfield the only airport in Washington state with operational reliance on solar power. [Peninsula Daily News]

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) brushed aside Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s plan to bring gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon by comparing it to his idea for colonies on the moon. [The Hill]

The New York Times praises the European Union’s requirement that airlines pay a fee for greenhouse pollution. [New York Times]

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) blamed President Obama for the spike in oil prices, saying the president “wanted” consumers to pay higher prices at the pump. [The Hill]

The BP trial over liability for the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that followed was delayed until March 5 as settlement negotiations continue, according to court records. [Businessweek]

Solar energy, climate change and gas-drilling wastewater are the top legislative priorities for New York‘s leading environmental groups this session in Albany. []

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, celebrated the start of construction of its 69-megawatt Kawailoa Wind project on Kamehameha Schools’ Kawailoa Plantation lands on Oahu’s North Shore. [First Wind]

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