Clean Start: April 4, 2012

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A destructive reminder of a young tornado season Wednesday left thousands without power and hundreds of homes pummeled or worse Wednesday, after the National Weather Service said as many as a dozen twisters touched down in a wrecking-ball swath of violent weather that stretched across Dallas and Fort Worth. [AP]

Fiji’s government is sending teams to assess damage caused by days of severe flooding that killed at least five and forced thousands out of their homes. [BBC]

A flash-flood watch is in effect through 7 tonight as severe thunderstorms sweep eastward across the Houma-Thibodaux area in Louisiana. [Houma Today]

Despite his “vote blue, go green” pre-election slogan and beginning his premiership by pledging to lead the “greenest government ever”, British Prime Minister David Cameron has yet to make a significant speech on the environment or global warming. That will change on 26 April, as London hosts a high-profile clean energy summit. [The Guardian]

The Coast Guard says crews are cleaning up a spill of about 630 gallons of oil that came from a production facility in Bull Bay near the Head of Passes of the Mississippi River. [The Republic]

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) on Tuesday subpoenaed the Interior Department for documents about a 2010 report that erroneously suggested that outside engineers had endorsed a deepwater drilling freeze following the BP oil spill. [The Hill]

Automakers on Tuesday reported strong sales across the board in March, pushing the industry to its best quarter since before the recession, even though gasoline prices climbed to more than $4 a gallon in many states. Although gas prices did not derail the industry’s growth, they did encourage more buyers to choose small cars, which accounted for almost a quarter of all sales. [NYT]

Ohio Governor Kasich is fighting his own party over a plan that he says would ensure that Ohioans, not just out-of-state corporate shareholders, benefit from an energy boom. [Bloomberg]

Climatologists at Colorado State University are warning that 98 percent of Colorado is under drought conditions. This poses all kinds of concerns for the state’s recreation economy, and for water managers, whose job it is to secure water for five million people in a mostly arid state. []

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