Clean Start: July 13, 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?

China has ordered ConocoPhillips to immediately halt output at two offshore platforms in the Bohai Bay off its northeast coast, saying recent oil spills are not fully under control. [AP]

The Bush White House interfered in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial 2008 decision not to regulate the drinking water contaminant perchlorate, according to a congressional watchdog agency. [Greenspace]

Gasoline prices are rising again even though drivers in the U.S. have bought less gas for four months in a row. [AP]

The death toll from the heat wave stretching across the U.S. rose to 39 today as scorching temperatures have affected nearly half of the country’s population. [ABC News]


The heat wave killed about 50,000 chickens in a North Carolina farm and 4,300 turkeys at a Kansas farm as farmers across the lower part of the country struggling to cool off their flocks. [AP]

Climate and earthquake disasters across the globe have made 2011 the costliest on record in terms of property damage, and that’s just six months in, according to Munich Re. [MSNBC]

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to force Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of BP’s $20 billion fund for Gulf Coast oil spill compensation, to release documents it says it needs to ensure claimants are adequately compensated. [Reuters]

If the world wants to keep climate change to below 2 degrees, 80% of known fossil fuel reserves can never be burned. [Price of Oil]

Coal industry lawyers claim Appalachian birth defects are caused by inbreeding, not mountaintop removal. [Coal Tattoo]