Clean Start: July 7, 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?

South Carolina’s hot, dry early summer weather has firefighters swamped with work and forestry officials issuing a burning ban for part of the state, when the fire season is usually nearing an end. [AP]

Naomi Klein asks if the flooding of the Yellowstone River that has made the oil spill so much worse was caused by the burning of oil and other fossil fuels. [LA Times]

“Eight state agencies have rejected efforts by a group of Utah teens and environmental advocates to force action on climate change — including a rebuff Wednesday by the Utah Air Quality Board.” [Salt Lake Tribune]


Jellyfish, on the rise because of ocean acidification, plagued the world’s beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. [Daily Mail]

The flooding of the Missouri River continues, as NASA satellite imagery shows. [NASA]

With rivers still running above flood stage and soils saturated, forecasters predicted on Wednesday this summer flooding season could rival the worst in United States history. [Reuters]

Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb (D-VA) “introduced legislation Wednesday to open waters off Virginia to gas and oil exploration in 2012 and to redraw maps to encompass more territory for drilling and bring in more revenue.” [Washington Post]

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is expected to announce tough new regulations today that seek to significantly reduce interstate emissions from many coal-fired power plants. [USA Today]