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 Squadron has been an executive, government official and attorney in the energy, telecommunications, sports and media fields for more than 25 years. He is currently President of the nonpartisan Our Energy Policy Foundation (www.OurEnergyPolicy.org), a nonprofit with the mission of facilitating broad-based expert dialogue on issues relevant to energy policy.
Previously, Bill was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sportvision, Inc., which remains the premier provider of technologies that enrich sports telecasts, including the company's Emmy-winning invention of the 1st and Ten® yellow first down line. From 1990-93 Bill was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Telecommunications and Energy, overseeing the City's communications and energy policies. Prior to that, Mr. Squadron was a partner at the law firm of Morrison & Forester in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a Trustee of the New York Hall of Science.