Clean Start: February 16, 2012

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Tony Hayward, BP’s chief executive during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is in line to receive a share bonus worth an estimated $940,000 from his former employers, as a reward for the company’s performance between 2009 and 2011. [Telegraph]

More than 50 wildfires have burned nearly 1,500 acres in Kentucky this year, higher than normal. [WKYT]

A feeble international response to Pakistan’s second major flooding crisis in two years has left millions of people at serious risk of malnutrition and disease, aid groups warned Thursday. [AFP]

Rick Santorum warned a quiet North Dakota audience Wednesday that their state’s booming oil industry positioned the region as a prime target for terrorism. [CNN]

At least 16 people have been killed this week when the category four cyclone Giovanna lashed Madagascar’s eastern shores, rescue authorities said on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Over 100,000 people in Mozambique are still recovering from losing their homes and crops, and from being cut off from schools and shops after a tropical storm and cyclone hit the southern African country in January, but the worst may not be over as Giovanna is expected to make landfall Friday evening. [IPS News]

Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and David Vitter (R-LA) called on Senate leadership this week to allow a vote on legislation to extend the flood insurance program for another five years. [Great Falls Tribune]

Sinking in the polls at both the national level and in states that will soon hold primaries, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich tried to rally conservatives on Wednesday by pushing his plan to reduce gas prices to $2.50 a gallon. [Sunshine State News]

Two more golden eagles have been found dead at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains, for a total of eight carcasses of the federally protected raptors found at the site. [LA Times]

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved NorthWestern Energy’s application for ‘pre-approval’ to build and operate a 40MW wind energy project in central Montana. [Wind Energy Business Review]

Wind power is now one of America’s biggest sources of new electricity and fastest growing manufacturing sectors. [Politico]

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