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
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President Charles T. Drevna has been president of the trade association, formerly known as the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, since 2007. He joined the association in 2002 as executive vice president and director of policy and planning.
Drevna leads a staff that advocates for petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers before Congress and the Executive Branch on a broad range of public policy issues. Since he became president, the size of the association's Washington office staff has increased with an expansion of the Government Relations and Communications Departments and the creation of the Outreach Department.
Drevna worked with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and staff to implement a rebranding effort that emphasizes the ways association members serve American consumers and increase America's economic and national security. This rebranding resulted in adoption of the name American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers in January 2012 to better describe the association and its work.
Drevna has extensive experience in legislative, regulatory, public policy and marketplace issues involving energy and the environment. His previous positions include:
Director of state and federal government relations for Tosco, Inc.; director of government and regulatory affairs for the Oxygenated Fuels Association; vice president at the Washington consulting firm of Jefferson Waterman International; several positions at Sunoco, including vice president for public affairs for Sun Coal Company; director of environmental affairs for the National Coal Association; and supervisor of environmental quality control for the Consolidation Coal Company.
Drevna received his BA in chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College and performed graduate work at Carnegie-Mellon University. He grew up in Pittsburgh and worked as a laborer in a steel mill there during summers while attending college.