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
George Biltz is vice president, Energy & Climate Change, corporate vice president for The Dow Chemical Company. In this role Biltz is accountable for delivering Energy business profitability, power production at the 13 Company-operated power plants, as well as steam and utilities and energy service to more than 120 manufacturing facilities globally. In addition, he is accountable for the Company's energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, including implementation of clean energy solutions at operating sites around the world. Biltz also leads Dow's global advocacy presence in the areas of climate change and energy public policy.
Biltz joined Dow in 1978 in Manufacturing. After progressing through a number of production roles with increasing responsibility, he transferred into field sales in Rochester, NY in 1984. Biltz returned to Midland, MI in 1986 and held several marketing roles before becoming global business director for Superabsorbent Products in 1994. In 1995, Biltz was named global business director for the Polyglycols Business in Specialty Chemicals. In August 1999, Dow announced its intent to acquire ANGUS Chemical and Biltz was appointed to lead the integration team. Biltz was subsequently appointed to the role of president and CEO for ANGUS Chemical, based in Buffalo Grove, IL.
In March 2001 Biltz was named vice president of Custom & Fine Chemicals and relocated to Horgen, Switzerland. In this role, he oversaw the creation of Dowpharma. In June of 2001, Biltz assumed additional responsibility as president & CEO of Ascot. In this role he led integration of the Ascot acquisition. Biltz returned to Midland in January 2004 to assume the role of business vice president for Ventures and New Business Growth. He was subsequently named vice president of Global Purchasing in March 2005.
In March 2007, Biltz was appointed business group president for the Specialty Plastics and Elastomers portfolio and later assumed additional leadership responsibility for the Dow Portfolio Optimization group, focused on accelerating Dow's strategic divestment and JV plans.
In December 2008 Biltz was named Corporate Vice President for Strategic Development & Planning. In June 2010, he was named to the Mergers & Acquisitions role. In these roles Biltz was accountable for the development and implementation of Dow's corporate strategy and for long-range planning on an enterprise-wide basis. Biltz was responsible for the evaluation of all Dow businesses, with the objectives of defining strategic opportunities to maximize their long-term value to the corporate portfolio and enabling the effective prioritization of corporate resources. He was also accountable for driving implementation of strategic portfolio management plans, including the development of new business models, acquisitions, joint-ventures and divestitures.
Biltz currently is the chairman of the Midland/Bay City/Saginaw (MBS) International Airport Commission, serving on the operations committee and as chairman of its marketing committee. Biltz is also a member of the Detroit Economic Club.
Biltz holds a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit and an MBA from Central Michigan University.