Clean Start: September 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?

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said she hopes green groups sue President Barack Obama over his decision to punt a regulation curbing smog-creating emissions until at least 2013. [Politico]

A New York Times editorial blasts the climate denial of the Republican candidates for president. [NYT]

Fire crews battling numerous major wildfires across Oregon are scrambling to get containment of the blazes before hot and windy weather returns to the state. [KATU]


A late-season fire scorched a popular British Columbia hiking trail and forced 550 residents and 100 campers to flee with only minutes to pack. [Calgary Herald]

One of Texas’s most devastating wildfire outbreaks ever left more than 1,000 homes in ruins Tuesday and strained the state’s firefighting ranks, confronting Gov. Rick Perry with a disaster at home just as the GOP presidential contest heats up. [AP]

At least three wildfires burned across tinder-dry Southern California on Monday, including one that had destroyed a dozen homes, threatened hundreds more and injured two firefighters, officials said. [AP]

Crude oil climbed from the lowest level in more than a week in New York as a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico threatened to reduce U.S. supplies, where production shut-ins have probably curbed stockpiles. [Bloomberg]

Remnants from Tropical Storm Lee are posing flood threats in New Jersey that are trying to clean up after rain from Hurricane Irene caused rivers to breach their banks. [AP]


As the leftovers from Tropical Storm Lee, which killed at least four people, brought welcome wet weather to farmers in the Southeast, many areas of the East Coast were getting soaked Wednesday, bringing new concerns about flooding. [AP]