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
Dooley took the reins of the American Chemistry Council in September, after serving as president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Products Association, which merged with GMA in January 2007. From 1991 to 2004, Dooley represented the 20th District of California as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a founder of the New Democrat Coalition, an organization of centrist, pro-growth Members of Congress dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to our nation's problems. A leader in promoting a pro-trade agenda in Congress, Cal was instrumental in securing passage of Trade Promotion Authority. Dooley is also a former partner in Dooley Farms, which grows cotton, alfalfa, and walnuts in California's San Joaquin Valley. He holds a bachelor's from the University of California, Davis and a Master's degree in management from Stanford University.