Clean Start: July 14, 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?

Peter Finocchiaro lists the top ten GOP politicians from the worst drought-afflicted Southwestern states who maintain that man-made global warming is an elaborate hoax. [Salon]

“Helped by Koch Industries’ lobbying efforts, one of the first measures George W. Bush signed into law as governor of Texas was an ALEC model bill giving corporations immunity from penalties if they tell regulators about their own violation of environmental rules.” [The Nation]

A study published in the British journal Nature on Thursday suggests that “the capacity of land ecosystems to slow climate warming has been overstated.” [Reuters]


Climate scientists have turned to the United States and Australian navies to deploy robotic measuring devices in the Indian Ocean where pirates have made the area too dangerous for researchers. [Reuters]

The swollen Missouri River was swamping more farmland in Missouri on Wednesday, but the river has subsided enough to allow the Cooper Nuclear Power Station near Brownville, Nebraska, to take itself off the unusual event list. [Reuters]

The senators along the Missouri River met Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss flood management. [Omaha World-Herald]

As Namibia dries out from floods, the challenge has become to feed the victims whose entire supply of food crops were destroyed. [AllAfrica]

“American Electric Power has decided to table plans to build a full-scale carbon-capture plant at Mountaineer, a 31-year-old coal-fired plant in West Virginia, where the company has successfully captured and buried carbon dioxide in a small pilot program for two years.” [NYT]


Throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and the Dakotas, “the symptoms of climate change have been obvious, whether in the form of flood or drought.” [Santa Fe Reporter]