Clean Start: February 3, 2012

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"Clean Start: February 3, 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?

European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said countries meeting at a conference in June should pledge to double the share of renewable energy they use by 2030 and give all citizens access to sustainable power. [Bloomberg]

Oil and gas exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico will some day return to pre-BP spill levels, the president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Gary Luquette said Thursday. [The Advertiser]

A unit of China National Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy a big slice of a shale-gas play in Canada from Royal Dutch Shell PLC, bolstering Beijing’s footprint in North America’s energy patch, as two other Chinese companies sealed energy deals in the U.S. and Europe. [WSJ]

Cheap natural gas could slow the growth of even cleaner sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. [NPR]

Environmental groups on Thursday sued an oil company over the pace of its cleanup of a Gulf of Mexico spill that continues seven years after it was triggered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. [MSNBC]

The Obama administration said it planned to make areas off the coasts of Maryland and New Jersey available to wind-energy developers by year’s end, paving the way for the first leases under a program designed to fast-track offshore wind farms. [WSJ]

Poor, urban and minority residents are most at risk for health problems linked to climate change, according to a new California Department of Public Health analysis of Los Angeles and Fresno counties. [California Watch]

The low price of natural gas is hurting domestic job growth, and exporting a small amount of the fuel will boost the economy, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a Houston audience Thursday. [Houston Chronicle]

Denver was in the middle of what could be one of the biggest snowstorms it’s ever seen Friday morning. [CBS News]

A measly 19% of the country was covered in snow, according to Weather.com. [LA Times]

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