Clean Start: February 10, 2012

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Nationally, the USGS currently lists 112 stream gauges as “threatened,” due to potential insufficient funding, 74 gauges as “endangered,” meaning that the USGS has been notified of a definite lack of funding, and 449 gauges as recently discontinued — hundreds in Florida alone. [Climate Central]

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he is committed to diversifying oil exports to countries such as China, while pledging to press Beijing on human rights as he forges ahead with deeper economic ties. [Businessweek]

Oceanside Fire Department officials confirmed they were helping battle a wildfire on Camp Pendleton Thursday night. [North County Times]

Cuba’s fledgling oil industry has for the first time dropped an offshore rig into the waters off the Florida Keys, a move that has U.S. officials and environmentalists warning that the island nation’s energy ambitions could come at the expense of the ecologically sensitive region at the tip of the Florida Peninsula. [IB Times]

Widespread disruption is expected on transport routes across England and Wales after significant overnight snowfall and sub-zero temperatures that show little sign of relenting. [Guardian]

California-based solar developer SolarReserve announced Thursday that it has completed the 540-foot molten-salt solar tower at the center of its Crescent Dunes solar-power plant on federal land near Tonopah. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

French oil giant Total SA on Friday said that 2012 started favorably . reporting a 12.8% increase in net income in the fourth quarter on the strength of high oil prices and in spite of weak downstream markets and stable output. [WSJ]

Donald Trump accused First Minister Alex Salmond of “destroying” Scotland with wind farms. [Telegraph]

Members of the Colorado congressional delegation are calling to extend the wind-energy production tax credit as part of the payroll tax extension. [Durango Herald]

Coast casinos still have concerns about oil and gas drilling in Mississippi waters they want addressed to protect the tourism industry as the state moves forward. [Biloxi Sun Herald]

A long-awaited mining project for Minnesota’s Iron Range has been delayed repeatedly in the past year because federal regulators are insisting the company conduct more rigorous research to predict its environmental ramifications on the wildest and most scenic corner of the state. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

A federal rule banning ships from flushing their sewage into the sea within 3 miles of the California coast was approved Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [San Francisco Chronicle]

BP persuaded a judge to bar the introduction of evidence of previous accidents involving the oil company from this month’s trial over fault for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico blast and oil spill. [Businessweek]

Canada’s prime minister on Friday made his strongest comments yet in support of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from oil-rich Alberta to the Pacific coast, saying his government was committed to ensuring the controversial project went ahead. [Reuters]

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