Clean Start: February 13, 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?

The potentially devastating winds, rain and storm tide of Tropical Cyclone Giovanna will be brought to bear on eastern Madagascar Monday. []

Officials in the Philippines are preparing residents for dangerous flooding. [Manila Bulletin]

House Republicans may have set a record for how many counterproductive ideas can be stuffed into one package with their version of a $260 billion transportation bill. [San Francisco Chronicle]


Renewable energy companies are losing their allure with top executives after profits and stock prices collapsed across the industry, making it more difficult for boards to replace underperforming managers. [Bloomberg]

Southern Californians are among those at highest risk of death due to air pollution, according to recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research published in the journal Risk Analysis. [California Watch]

As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent nationwide boom in drilling is slowing. [Wall Street Journal]

The environmental debate over exporting massive amounts of coal through Washington ports to China is coming to Olympia Monday. [News Tribune]

BP Plc won a court order keeping several potentially damaging emails out of a scheduled trial to determine responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [Reuters]

India is poised to exceed its 2009 goal to produce 20,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2020. [Time]

Oil prices rose to near $100 a barrel Monday in Asia after the Greek parliament approved new austerity measures that should secure a bailout and avoid bankruptcy. [Washington Post]

Searching for growth in a tepid economy, private-equity firms are zeroing in on the U.S. oil patch. [WSJ]

Rules aimed at curbing emissions from cars and light trucks are on hold because the White House has yet to give the Office of Management and Budget the go-ahead to review them. [Washington Post]