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.'"
Brian P. Wynne
Biography provided by participant
Brian Wynne was appointed President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association in April 2004. He acts as chief staff executive of this member-based international organization, which promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles in trade associations and public-private partnerships. Wynne previously served as Senior Vice President for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Prior to that role, he led a global technology association as CEO of AIM International, Inc. Mr. Wynne started his career as a legislative assistant to US Senator Charles Percy and has served on several not-for-profit Boards. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton and a Masters degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Wynne was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.
As a knowledgeable industry expert, Mr. Wynne has testified on Capitol Hill, spoken at numerous events and for organizations such as Standard & Poor's, and been interviewed by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, C-SPAN, ABC, Time, Bloomberg and the Associated Press. He can speak about electric drive policy priorities, the state of the electric drive industry in the U.S., infrastructure development, and market growth and obstacles for electric drive transportation.