Clean Start: October 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?

U.S. lawmakers will urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday to reject the proposed route of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, saying they are concerned the approval process has been tainted by alleged conflicts of interest. [Reuters]

A Romney foreign policy adviser, Christopher Burnham has been global co-head of Deutsche Bank’s climate change investment group since 2009. [AP]

China has taken on General Electric Co. and Western peers that control the $70 billion wind-turbine market, striving to repeat its 2010 coup when the Asian nation sold more than half the world’s solar panels for the first time. [BusinessWeek]


Oil giant BP has so far paid out around $7 billion in compensation claims arising from the deadly oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, a senior executive told US lawmakers Thursday. [AFP]

The U.S. solar industry sped throughout the first half of 2011, with photovoltaic installations growing 69 percent in the first half of 2011 compared to 2010, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight quarterly report released Sept. 20.

Calling climate change “the environmental challenge of this generation,” a new Massachusetts report offers strategies to adapt to it and mitigate its effects. [Taunton Daily Gazette]

Salvage teams raced on Friday to resume pumping oil from a stricken container ship which has almost split into two pieces off the New Zealand coast as businesses started to count the cost of the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades. [Reuters]

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to delay Environmental Protection Agency limits on pollutants from industrial boilers, its latest move to hinder air rules designed to protect public health. [Reuters]