Clean Start: June 28, 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?

Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) is asking President Obama for the federal government to pick up 90 percent of the cost of Missouri River flooding in his state. [Jamestown Sun]

“The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will examine ongoing efforts to quantify the natural resources damages resulting from last year’s massive BP oil spill, which dumped 4.9 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico.” [E2]

“A growing number of people are investing in small electricity generating wind turbines for residential use, despite the bad economy, and backers of wind power say they expect advances in technology and manufacturing to make them even more popular.” [USA Today]


Pajamas Media “is suing the Defense Department in an effort to gain access to the travel records of U.S. officials who went to Copenhagen in 2009 to attend international climate talks.” [E2]

The tornadoes and floods that pummeled much of the South and Midwest also have dealt a serious blow to struggling state budgets, potentially forcing new cuts to education and other services to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in disaster aid. [AP]

According a Greenpeace report, the German carmaker Volkswagen “puts its most efficient engines in only 6 per cent of its cars and inflates their price by more than their cost, deterring the wider adoption of greener motoring.” [Price of Oil]