Clean Start: January 12, 2012

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"Clean Start: January 12, 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?

At least 15 people were injured and at least 60 buildings damaged when a possible tornado struck two counties in western North Carolina, the National Weather Service said Thursday. [AP]

As regulators and environmentalists study how hydraulic fracturing can damage the environment, industry scientists are studying “superfracking” — ways to create longer, deeper cracks in the earth to release more oil and natural gas. [Bloomberg]

The nation’s most powerful corporate lobbying groups are dialing up the political pressure on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. [The Hill]

Change.org has launched a petition to oppose the American Petroleum Institute’s lobbying on Keystone XL. [Change.org]

“As long as I am governor I will continue to fight this administration’s war on coal!” shouted West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in his State of the State address. [Charleston Gazette]

China tripled its solar energy generating capacity last year and notched up major increases in wind and hydropower, government figures showed this week, but officials are still struggling to cap the growth in coal-burning, which is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. [Guardian]

A coastal flood warning for Eastern Massachusetts was issued early this morning by the National Weather Service. [Boston Globe]

Building the Keystone XL pipeline won’t make any difference to Iran nor will it protect the United States from the impact of a closed Hormuz, despite recent claims by the American Petroleum Institute and Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN). [The Hill]

The month has begun with a record 10 straight days of daytime highs reaching 60 degrees or more in Sacramento. [Sacramento Bee]

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