Clean Start: January 18, 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?

It all sounds a bit biblical: floods, hurricane-force 100-mph winds, scary seas and maybe more snow are pounding the Oregon coast over the next two days. [Beach Connection]

The U.S. must broaden its tax base and lower rates, extract more coal, oil and natural gas, and boost government research and development to revive the economy and stay competitive, according to recommendations of President Barack Obama’s jobs council, composed of one-percenters. [FuelFix]

There is no conclusive evidence so far that wind turbines are responsible for health problems ranging from balance problems to diabetes, an independent panel of health experts reports. [NY Times]

Top House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, bracing for White House rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, mulled plans to force approval of the controversial project at a meeting Tuesday. [The Hill]

This has been a winterless winter in Washington DC. [Washington Post]

Nearly everyone involved in the process of writing new regulations that will require cars and trucks to have significantly higher fuel economy by 2025 is on board with the results, as a public hearing held Tuesday in Detroit showed. [NY Times]

The first comprehensive study of changes in the oxygenation of oceans at the end of the last Ice Age found that that the dissolved oxygen concentrations in large parts of the oceans changed dramatically. [Science Daily]

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