Energy & Environment: Markey Wants Answers on Rare Earths
• Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., "is pressing the Obama administration for information about alleged Chinese restrictions on the export of rare earth minerals used in defense and energy technologies, warning of threats to U.S. interests," The Hill reports.
• "Three months after BP capped its runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Louisiana is still building a chain of sand berms off its coast to block and capture oil even as federal officials and many scientists argue that the effort will prove pointless," the New York Times reports.
• An Idaho couple has "sued the state to stop the shipments by Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips" to an oil sands site in Canada, "arguing that the" truck loads delivered there "would threaten the integrity of Idaho's historic portion of U.S. 12, as well as the safety of communities that depend on it as the main road in and out of the area," the Times also reports. "National environmental groups and climate change activists are supporting their efforts, seeing a broader opportunity to stall development of Canada's oil sands, which they denounce as a dirty source of energy. "
• "Combating climate change has long taken a back seat to coal production in West Virginia, but in the hard-fought House race in this state's 1st district, global warming hasn't even made it onto the bus," The Hill reports. "In interviews on Thursday, both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Congress voiced skepticism of the science behind global warming, and the Republican, David McKinley, flatly called concerns about climate change 'an attack on coal.'"
Biography provided by participant
Bill Dickenson is a Managing Director at Navigant Consulting and leads the firm's Energy Practice. Prior to joining Navigant Consulting, Bill served as President and Chief Executive Officer at INTECAP, Inc.; Managing Director at Cornerstone Research, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hagler Bailly, Inc.; President and Chief Executive Officer at Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc.; and President of Dickenson, O'Brien & Associates. At Hagler Bailly, Bill led the annual Utility CEO Conference held in Aspen, CO each year.
During his utility consulting career, Bill founded the first energy conservation program for the nation's largest utility, directed a team of utility executives, lawyers and consultants to place a nuclear power plant into the rate base, examined operating protocol and standards for nuclear plant owner operators, lobbied for the benefits of increased transmission interconnect facilities, and helped establish a competitive power market for one of the largest regions in the United States.