Clean Start: September 13, 2011

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The corn crop in the U.S., the world’s largest grower and exporter, will be 3.2 percent smaller than forecast a month ago after unusually hot, dry weather in the Midwest, the government said. [Bloomberg]

Pennsylvania’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of flooding from Tropical Storm Lee focused Monday on reopening roads and bridges, cleaning the grimy layer of mud left by receding waters and tallying millions of dollars in damage wrought by days of drenching rains last week. []

Nearly three feet of rain fell in a broad north-south swath from Virginia through New England between 26 August and 6 September, thanks to Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and a few cold fronts from the north. [Mother Jones]


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduced her government’s controversial carbon tax plans into parliament on Tuesday, a third attempt to legislate a price on pollution. [Reuters]

U.S. motorists are on pace to spend $491 billion for gasoline this year, the most ever. [LA Times]