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
Doug May is the vice president of Energy & Climate Change for the Dow Chemical Company, and is responsible for Dow's overall Energy portfolio and leads activities related to power, natural gas, alternative feedstocks, steam and industrial gases. In addition, May has a leading role in the management of Dow's position and global advocacy activities in the areas of Climate Change and Energy policy.
As vice president of Energy & Climate Change, May works closely with industry, government, communities, and Dow's customers to identify and develop new solutions to address energy and climate change challenges.
May first joined Dow in 1989 at the Commercial Development Program and later he became a sales representative for Liquid Separations in Atlanta before serving as the North American sales manager. In 2001, May was named strategy development manager for Specialty Polymers, and then relocated to Houston as the global business director for Specialty Polymers in 2003. In 2004, Doug served as the business director for Acrylates and in 2007 he was named business director for Chlorinated Organics.
In 2008, May was tasked as business representative responsible for driving growth synergies and business integration with Rohm and Haas. Then in early 2009, he joined the "Run the Business Team" helping to drive quarterly improvement in operating results.
May holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration from Purdue University, U.S.A.