Clean Start: August 26, 2011

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?

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission may vote next month on long-awaited final rules to impose new curbs on speculative trading in oil and other commodities markets. [E2]

The Environmental Protection Agency said it would put off reporting requirements for manufacturers and power plants on the products they use that lead to greenhouse-gas emissions until 2013. [Bloomberg]

Firefighters struggled on Thursday to control a fast-growing 28,000-acre wildfire raging within several miles of spent nuclear fuel stored at a U.S. Energy Department lab in the high desert of eastern Idaho. [Reuters]


A giant mine planned in Queensland, Australia, is facing a court challenge over the impacts that burning its coal will have on rising sea levels, global temperatures and ocean acidification. [DeSmogBlog]

Mexican fisherwomen are organizing to fight the impacts of global warming. [IPS News]

The global sea level this summer dropped by a quarter of an inch, because the strong El Nino-La Nina cycle dumped so much rainfall on the continents. [Washington Post]

A wildfire triggered by an exploding propane tank has consumed 1,000 acres of forest land in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. [CNN]

Japan approved a bill today to subsidize electricity from renewable sources, joining European nations in shifting away from nuclear power after the Fukushima reactor meltdowns in March. [Bloomberg]


From nuclear plants to pipelines and refineries, energy companies are bracing for a potentially devastating Hurricane Irene that is barreling toward the most populated part of the United States. [Reuters]